Definition of water rat in English:

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water rat

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noun

Any of a number of semiaquatic rodents, in particular.
  • the Florida water rat (Neofiber alleni, family Muridae) of Florida and southern Georgia, and the muskrat.
Example sentences
  • Within this family, some species are particularly relevant, as is the case of Nectomys squamipes, a South American water rat that is a primary host of the parasite Schistosoma mansoni.
  • To determine the geographical distribution of the phenotypes, we analyzed 820 skins of the South American water rat that were collected in various places in Brazil over a century and deposited at the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro.
  • The 17 hectare nature protects eight hectares of undisturbed rainforest, which is home to pademelons, brush turkeys, water rats and possums that can be seen on walks.

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Syllabification: wa·ter rat

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