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water rat

n.
1.
a. Any of various semiaquatic rodents, especially Neofiber alleni of Florida and southern Georgia, that resemble the muskrat but are smaller and have a round tail.
b. See muskrat.
2. Slang A petty thief or ruffian who frequents waterfronts.

water rat

n
1. (Animals) any of several small amphibious rodents, esp the water vole or the muskrat
2. (Animals) any of various amphibious rats of the subfamily Hydromyinae, of New Guinea, the Philippines, and Australia
3. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) informal a person who is very fond of water sports

wa′ter rat`


n.
1. any of various aquatic rodents, as the muskrat.
2. Slang. a vagrant or thief who frequents a waterfront.
[1545–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.water rat - a person who enjoys being in or on the water
crewman, sailor - any member of a ship's crew
2.water rat - common large Eurasian volewater rat - common large Eurasian vole    
field mouse, vole - any of various small mouselike rodents of the family Cricetidae (especially of genus Microtus) having a stout short-tailed body and inconspicuous ears and inhabiting fields or meadows
Arvicola, genus Arvicola - in some classifications considered synonymous with Microtus
3.water rat - any of various amphibious rats
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
beaver rat - amphibious rat of Australia and New Guinea
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Gardner JL and Serena M (1995) Observations on activity patterns, population and den characteristics of the water rat Hydromys chrysogaster (Muridae: Hydromyinae) along Badger Creek, Victoria.
Mole, Water Rat, Badger, Mouse, and Toad welcome two newcomers into The River Bank: a female mole named Beryl and her friend Rabbit.
A GIANT water rat has been spotted at South Pennine Boat Club in Mirfield - but there's no threat to local residents.
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!
He has also performed in Germany, Portugal, Spain and regularly in The United States, and was the guest speaker at the Grand Order of the Water Rats annual Ball at the Grosvenor House 2003 and was himself a Water Rat.
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Let me just say that never before in my entire life have I witnessed anything so homble This morning a water rat crawled out from between rocks down by the docks.
As soon as Miss Mousie's eyes alight on handsome Matt LaBatt, the water rat, she can think of nothing but how to catch his attention.
Summer meant catching sticklebacks in a jar, watching Tales of the Riverbank and eating loganberries from my auntie's garden, but I suppose even then it wasn't very positive for the sticklebacks, and I imagine the animal rights people had a thing or two to say about Roderick the water rat being forced to do his own stunts in that little motor boat.
Finally Magpie and Jackdaw ask Water Rat if he can help find the spoon underwater.
"The lifeguards (last year) named me Water Rat because I'm here so much," Eric Buckendahl, 13, said.
The bayou water rat, also known as nutria, is 60 cm long and weighs nearly 9 kg.