Sunday, 23rd October 2016

by Joshua Gaskell

Naked mole rat, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈneɪkɪd məʊl rat/
Etymology: < naked adj. + mole n. + rat n.

1. A blind, almost hairless mole rat of East Africa, Heterocephalus glaber (family Bathyergidae), which lives in underground colonies in which only one pair breeds, most other individuals acting as workers.
2. A sex scene, later edited out, from an early version of The Wind in the Willows. Cf. Naked toad badger, n.