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NOUN (3)

1. African rodent resembling a mole in habits and appearance;

2. furry short-limbed tailless rodent resembling a true mole in habits and appearance; of eastern Europe and Middle East;

3. burrowing scaly-tailed rat of India and Ceylon;
[syn: bandicoot rat, mole rat]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Slepez \Sle*pez"\, n. [Russ. sliepets'.] (Zool.) A burrowing rodent (Spalax typhlus), native of Russia and Asia Minor. It has the general appearance of a mole, and is destitute of eyes. Called also mole rat. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mole \Mole\, n. [OE. molle, either shortened fr. moldwerp, or from the root of E. mold soil: cf. D. mol, OD. molworp. See Moldwarp.] 1. (Zool.) Any insectivore of the family Talpidae. They have minute eyes and ears, soft fur, and very large and strong fore feet. [1913 Webster] Note: The common European mole, or moldwarp (Talpa Europaea), is noted for its extensive burrows. The common American mole, or shrew mole (Scalops aquaticus), and star-nosed mole (Condylura cristata) have similar habits. [1913 Webster] Note: In the Scriptures, the name is applied to two unindentified animals, perhaps the chameleon and mole rat. [1913 Webster] 2. A plow of peculiar construction, for forming underground drains. [U.S.] [1913 Webster] 3. (fig.)A spy who lives for years an apparently normal life (to establish a cover) before beginning his spying activities. [PJC] Duck mole. See under Duck. Golden mole. See Chrysochlore. Mole cricket (Zool.), an orthopterous insect of the genus Gryllotalpa, which excavates subterranean galleries, and throws up mounds of earth resembling those of the mole. It is said to do damage by injuring the roots of plants. The common European species (Gryllotalpa vulgaris), and the American (Gryllotalpa borealis), are the best known. Mole rat (Zool.), any one of several species of Old World rodents of the genera Spalax, Georychus, and several allied genera. They are molelike in appearance and habits, and their eyes are small or rudimentary. Mole shrew (Zool.), any one of several species of short-tailed American shrews of the genus Blarina, esp. Blarina brevicauda. Water mole, the duck mole. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

mole rat n 1: African rodent resembling a mole in habits and appearance 2: furry short-limbed tailless rodent resembling a true mole in habits and appearance; of eastern Europe and Middle East 3: burrowing scaly-tailed rat of India and Ceylon [syn: bandicoot rat, mole rat]