Definition of cane rat in English:

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cane rat


A large rat-like African rodent found in wetlands south of the Sahara. It is often a pest of sugar plantations.
  • Family Thryonomyidae and genus Thryonomys: two species.
Example sentences
  • The giant rat, the cane rat, the common house mouse, and other species of rats and mice are all eaten.
  • Wild-caught cane rat is commonly eaten, so captive breeding will not alter the traditional lifestyle, only make it easier.
  • Fear soon gave way to thrill, though, as we watched him run off with a huge cane rat in his mouth.

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