from The Century Dictionary.
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Yet the mole, which habitually makes no use of the sense of sight, has eyes so small that they can hardly be seen; and the aspalax, whose habits-resemble a mole's, has totally lost its sight, and shows but vestiges of eyes.
"Cyclopedia," consider that the Greek aspalax is the animal intended by both the words translated mole.
Salamander and living in deep and obscure cavities under water, has, like the aspalax, no longer anything but traces of eyes remaining -- traces which are again entirely hidden and covered up. [
"The _aspalax_ of Olivier, which lives underground like the mole, and exposes itself even less than the mole to the light of day, has wholly lost the use of its sight, nor does it retain more than mere traces of visual organs, these traces again being hidden under the skin and under certain other parts which cover them up and leave not even the smallest access to the light.