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brown rat

n.
The common domestic rat (Rattus norvegicus), which is found worldwide and is a destructive pest of crops and stored food and a carrier of disease. Also called Norway rat.

brown rat

n
(Animals) a common brownish rat, Rattus norvegicus: a serious pest in all parts of the world. Also called: Norway rat

Nor′way rat′


n.
an Old World rat, Rattus norvegicus, having a grayish brown body and a long, scaly tail: introduced worldwide. Also called brown rat.
[1745–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brown rat - common domestic ratbrown rat - common domestic rat; serious pest worldwide
rat - any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse
genus Rattus, Rattus - common house rats; upper incisors have a beveled edge
wharf rat - brown rat that infests wharves
sewer rat - brown rat commonly found in sewers
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Rattus norvegicus ydi'r enw gwyddonol arni a brown rat yn Saesneg.
I have seen an increase in rattus norvegicus, know as the Norway rat or brown rat.
A NIP from a brown rat and a dog defending what it saw as its sausage roll were among hundreds of animal incidents dealt with by paramedics over the course of a year.
THE best-known rat species are the black rat (Rattus rattus) and brown rat (Rattus norvegicus).
ON Thursday afternoon I was walking down Swanswell Street towards the new health centre when I saw a brown rat walk out of the undergrowth from the flats towards the college.
The brews will all have linked names: Dirty Rat, Brown Rat, Golden Rat, White Rat, Rattus Rattus, Black Rat and King Rat.
I was particularly struck by a series of images of a grey heron eating a brown rat, and a picture of a brambling visiting a garden bird table during the snow.
Council officers are asked to supply figures for the Rodent Survey for the number of brown rat and mouse treatments carried out in response to complaints in the last year, broken down into summer and winter.
The brown rat is also the most common rat in Europe.
We read, of course, about the brown rat, that pesky critter that originated in northern China and has been a stowaway on ships since ancient times, spreading disease around the world.
There was also a year-on-year increase in the brown rat population in Wales of 14 per cent and a 12 per cent hike in "summer rats".