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.
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.
They would be tired out and as wet as muskrats all the time.
Ontario is funding a feasibility study to build a replacement facility for the Reverend Tommy Beardy Memorial Wee Che He Wayo-Gamik Family Treatment Centre in Muskrat Dam First Nation.
Amazing detailed photo-portraits show a snake, a frog and tadpole, a white-tailed deer, a beaver, a skunk, a Virginia opossum, a fox, a bald eagle, a muskrat, a woodpecker, a porcupine, a honey bee, and a tortoise beetle.
Canada's mounted police have long kept out the bitter cold with muskrat fur.
In recent years, many residents of the Mackenzie Delta region have reported declines in muskrat abundance that are outside the normal range of variation (ABEKS, 2003, 2008).
Most projections are that the largest beaver from the best sources might bring $20, and XXXL muskrat might command up to $11.
The barnacle skin cowboy still lives with a horse and a muskrat in a one-room cabin in a bowl-shaped valley more than a day's ride from town.
7 ceremony at the company's headquarters to officially present the payments to Sachigo Lake and Muskrat Dam First Nation.
The RCMP recently tried to change their uniform in order to comply with a request by animal rights activists to stop using muskrat fur in their winter hats.