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pack′ rat`

1. any North and Central American rat of the genus Neotoma, noted for carrying off shiny articles to its nest.
2. Informal. a person who collects, saves, or hoards useless small items.
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Noun1.wood rat - any of various small short-tailed rodents of the northern hemisphere having soft fur grey above and white below with furred tails and large earswood rat - any of various small short-tailed rodents of the northern hemisphere having soft fur grey above and white below with furred tails and large ears; some are hosts for Ixodes pacificus and Ixodes scapularis (Lyme disease ticks)
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
Cricetidae, family Cricetidae - mostly small New World rodents including New World mice and lemmings and voles and hamsters
dusky-footed wood rat - a wood rat with dusky feet
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
bushytail woodrat, Neotoma cinerea, trade rat, pack rat, packrat - any of several bushy-tailed rodents of the genus Neotoma of western North America; hoards food and other objects
eastern woodrat, Neotoma floridana - large greyish-brown wood rat of the southeastern United States
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A new species of Brucella isolated from the desert wood rat, Neotoma lepida Thomas.
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While the lie ingratiates him with her family, it twists his life out of recognition, and winds up exploding in his face; "The Gift" hilariously recounts Wood's father and his obsessive envy of others; "Satyricon" is a ribald tale and has the memorable description of a girlfriend's oral prowess: "I can say I was reminded of Wendy just the other day while watching Animal Planet and seeing a python ingesting a wood rat"; In "The Syllogism," he blows all his money on cocaine.
cruzi are raccoon (Procyon lotor (Linnaeus)), wood rat (Neotoma micropus Baird), armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus (Linnaeus)), and domestic dog (Canis familiaris (Linnaeus)).
It was thought there was a possible link with Neotoma albigula, the white throated wood rat. In 1987, Leishmania was diagnosed in a domestic cat from Uvalde, Texas.
These include the Norway rat, the Roof rat, the Wood rat (also known as pack rat, because of its propensity for collecting and storing items) and the Black rat.
Rodents like the antelope ground squirrel, black-tailed jackrabbit, and wood rat chew through the bark to suck moisture out of the trees during dry spells.
This is how you do it." pulls a fistful of black fat choy from cellophane, pushes its propitious wad into the lukewarm of green porcelain, one day before we enter the Wood Rat's year.
Observations concerning the life history and ecology of the wood rat Neotoma floridana flaridana (Ord).
Doctors suspect that the process leading to human infection begins when a sand fly bites a rodent called the burrowing wood rat, which carries the parasite.
Twenty-one species of pseudoscorpions, belonging to 14 genera and eight different families are known to be associated with nests packrats (or wood rat) of the genus Neotoma (Villegas-Guzman 2003; Francke & Villegas-Guzman 2006).