a molelike, aquatic
insectivore mammal (family Talpidae) with webbed feet and a long, flexible snout
: one species (Desmana moschata
for its fur, is found in Russia and the other (Galemys pyrenaicus
) in the Pyrenees
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Word origin of 'desman'< Swed desman-råtta < desman, musk + råtta, rat