Definition of moonrat in English:

moonrat

Syllabification: moon·rat
Pronunciation: /ˈmo͞onrat
 
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noun

A shy insectivorous mammal of the hedgehog family, with a long snout and ratlike appearance, native to Southeast Asia and China. Also called gymnure.
  • Subfamily Galericinae, family Erinaceidae: several genera and species, in particular Echinosorex gymnurus
More example sentences
  • Moist forests, mangrove swamps, and wet farmlands are the typical habitats of Malayan moonrats.
  • Both hedgehogs and moonrats are geared strictly for eating insects and other small invertebrates, especially earthworms.
  • The moonrat is notorious for its characteristic onion or rotten-garlic odor.

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