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 for Mole rat
From 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]

From 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]

From 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]

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