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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 classic literature ?
About the beginning of April they encamped upon Godin's River, where they found the swamp full of "musk-rat houses." Here, therefore, Captain Bonneville determined to remain a few days and make his first regular attempt at trapping.
Darzee, the Tailorbird, helped him, and Chuchundra, the musk-rat, who never comes out into the middle of the floor, but always creeps round by the wall, gave him advice, but Rikki-tikki did the real fighting.
We ascend the lofty peaks of the Cordillera and we find an alpine species of bizcacha; we look to the waters, and we do not find the beaver or musk-rat, but the coypu and capybara, rodents of the American type.
I never took even a slinking mink or a paddling musk-rat in a cage; though I admit having peppered a few of the dark-skin'd devils, when I had much better have kept my powder in the horn and the lead in its pouch.