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desman

  

      n   pl   , -mans   either of two molelike amphibious mammals Desmana moschata (Russian desman) or Galemys pyrenaicus (Pyrenean desman), having dense fur and webbed feet: family Talpidae, order Insectivora (insectivores)  
     (C18: from Swedish desmansråtta, from desman musk (of Germanic origin) + råtta rat)  
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desmidian, de-man, Dean, demand

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