muskrat


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musk·rat

 (mŭs′krăt′)
n. pl. muskrat or musk·rats
1. A large semiaquatic rodent (Ondatra zibethicus) native to North America and naturalized in Eurasia, having a dense brown coat and musk glands under its long, scaly tail. Also called musquash, water rat.
2. The fur of this rodent.

muskrat

(ˈmʌskˌræt)
n, pl -rats or -rat
1. (Animals) a North American beaver-like amphibious rodent, Ondatra zibethica, closely related to but larger than the voles: family Cricetidae
2. (Textiles) the brown fur of this animal
3. (Animals) either of two closely related rodents, Ondatra obscurus or Neofiber alleni (round-tailed muskrat)
Also called: musquash
[C17: by folk etymology, from the same source as musquash]

musk•rat

(ˈmʌskˌræt)

n., pl. -rats, (esp. collectively) -rat.
1. either of two large, aquatic, North American cricetid rodents of the genus Ondatra.
2. its glossy, dark brown fur, used for coats, hats, trimming, etc.
[1680–90, Amer.; alter. of musquash < Massachusett]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.muskrat - the brown fur of a muskratmuskrat - the brown fur of a muskrat    
fur, pelt - the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
hudson seal - muskrat fur dressed to simulate sealskin
2.muskrat - beaver-like aquatic rodent of North America with dark glossy brown furmuskrat - beaver-like aquatic rodent of North America with dark glossy brown fur
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
Translations

muskrat

[ˈmʌskræt] Nratón m almizclero

muskrat

[ˈmʌskræt] nrat m musquémusk rose nrose f muscade

muskrat

[ˈmʌskˌræt] n (animal) → topo muschiato, ondatra; (fur) → rat musqué m inv
References in classic literature ?
The principal quadrupeds that had been seen by the colonists in their various expeditions were the stag, fallow deer, hart, black and grizzly bear, antelope, ahsahta or bighorn, beaver, sea and river otter, muskrat, fox, wolf, and panther, the latter extremely rare.
They would be tired out and as wet as muskrats all the time.
Now and then there was a scanty meal of fish or wild-fowl, occasionally an antelope; but frequently the cravings of hunger had to be appeased with roots, or the flesh of wolves and muskrats.
From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats.
Trapping season for bobcat, coyote, fox, weasel, fisher, mink, river otter, beaver, muskrat, opossum, raccoon and skunk opens today.
Cat pelts are considered exotic species, while the three mainstays in the fur trade business here are beaver, raccoon and muskrat.
This was the second time Bishop Beardy has run for chief of Muskrat Dam, a community of about 250 members 500 km north of Kenora in northwestern Ontario.
The ones we ate most were beaver, muskrat, and lynx is not bad, kind of a cross between a chicken and a rabbit," said Cathy.
The framework was commissioned by the contracting authority for the muskrat management department.
Walking my bird dog along the Blackstone recently, looking for astonishingly early-arriving woodcock, I found abundant muskrat sign, most notably their domed grass-and-mud lodges emerging from the shallow marshes, starkly different from the stick-and-mud lodges of the beaver.
Muskrat populations and resulting muskrat harvests have declined significantly throughout Pennsylvania and other nearby states over the past 15 to 20 years.
Hill transforms those old coats - mink, muskrat and beaver - into teddy bears.