Definition of cotton rat in English:

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cotton rat

noun

A short-tailed rat found in grassland and scrub from North America to Guyana.
  • Genus Sigmodon, family Muridae: several species
Example sentences
  • Additionally, the cotton rat and rice rat are the rodent vectors in the southeastern United States for the Black Creek Canal and Bayou viruses, respectively.
  • Some rodents, especially the deer mouse, rice rat, white-footed mouse and cotton rat, may carry hantaviruses.
  • I tried not to be envious, but I couldn't help telling him about how I had a cotton rat once and a jaybird for a little while.

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Syllabification: cot·ton rat

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