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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.
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brown rat

n
(Animals) a common brownish rat, Rattus norvegicus: a serious pest in all parts of the world. Also called: Norway rat
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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]
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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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I STROLL through pretty Jesmond Dene A lovely charming sylvan scene The trees are now in full bloom And there's always plenty room For little creatures there to play I saw a few last Sunday A water rat swam swiftly by A blackbird sang up on high A brown rat scuttled in the old mill I watched it quickly scamper until A yapping terrier chased its tail Its swift pursuit to no avail Furthermore a squirrel squeaks I hear more birdies' twittering tweets The prettiest sight you'll see of all Is the sparkling tumbling waterfall A flash of colour - a kingfisher flies You'll miss it if you blink your eyes Further along a stately swan A stately swan!
| The Norway or common brown rat is the most abundant rat in the UK and it is often found in burrows and sewer systems.
Rattus norvegicus ydi'r enw gwyddonol arni a brown rat yn Saesneg.