Definition of woodrat in English:

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1A rat-like rodent that accumulates a mound of sticks and debris in the nest hole, native to North and Central America. Also called pack rat.
  • Neotoma and other genera, family Muridae: many species
Example sentences
  • The hawks hunt cooperatively with several birds simultaneously swooping on their prey, which consists of woodrats, jackrabbits, and other birds.
  • These shelters help to make the nest cooler in the hot summer and to retain the woodrat's body heat in the desert's cold winter.
  • Metabolic costs increase by approximately 16% for the diurnal ground squirrel, but less than 4% for the nocturnal woodrat.
2 (usually wood rat) A forest-dwelling rat found in southern Asia.
  • Rattus, Cremnomys, and other genera, family Muridae
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