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ship rat

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Definition of ship rat in English:

noun

Another term for black rat.
Example sentences
  • The ship rat invaded Big South Cape Island off Stewart Island, where the last population of South Island saddlebacks existed.
  • In addition to sylvatic plague, a disease likely brought from Europe by ship rats, prairie dogs have suffered from aggressive poisoning campaigns by farmers and ranchers.
  • The Black Death is said to have originated in Central Asia, to have been contracted from fur-bearing animals and to have been spread to Europe by ship rats and their fleas.

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