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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.
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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]
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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]
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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
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Translations

muskrat

[ˈmʌskræt] Nratón m almizclero
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muskrat

[ˈmʌskræt] nrat m musquémusk rose nrose f muscade
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muskrat

[ˈmʌskˌræt] n (animal) → topo muschiato, ondatra; (fur) → rat musqué m inv
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References in periodicals archive ?
Trust senior conservation officer Kevin O'Hara says: "In its native North America, the mink's main prey is the musk rat, and the water vole was an ideal pint-sized version.
Other species include musk deer cape hare monkeys Royle's mountain vole Kashmir marmot stoat musk rat house mouse flying squirrel Himalayan palm civet house rat sheep goat cow horse red fox birds and some unknown species.
The team inserts a tiny lipstick camera into the lodge to see what the beavers get up to in winter and is surprised to discover musk rats sharing the facilities.