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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. Rarely could the inmates of the cantonment boast of having made a full meal, and never of having wherewithal for the morrow.
"Do you think a snake-killer kills muskrats?" said Rikki-tikki scornfully.
From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.
They would be tired out and as wet as muskrats all the time.
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.
Other chiefs to present to the Senate Committee included Les Louttit, Deputy Grand Chief for Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and Chief Gordon Beardy of the Muskrat Dam First Nation.
The Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) is a large rodent that occupies a variety of aquatic habitats, but is most abundant in areas with a stable water level and rich aquatic vegetation (Eder and Pattie 2001).
Valard Construction is to install around 684 miles of 350-kilovolt overhead high-voltage direct current transmission line running from the Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Generating Facility in central Labrador to Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula.
Vancouver, Canada, Jan 27, 2014 - (ABN Newswire) - Muskrat Minerals (CNSX:YYR) President Francis MacKenzie, former president and director, Grand River Ironsands from 2007- Present; an employee of public companies and operated several businesses; was a senior official in municipal and provincial governments; an officer and director of two publicly traded companies including P2P Health Systems Inc.
With wide energy industry knowledge and experience as a corporate executive and director, Sheppard has contributed to the board's oversight of the company's strategy and business development initiatives and has played an important role in its participation in the Muskrat Falls, Labrador Island Link and Maritime Link projects.