Definition of moonrat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmo͞onrat/


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.
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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Syllabification: moon·rat

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