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moonrat

Line breaks: moon|rat
Pronunciation: /ˈmuːnrat
 
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Definition of moonrat in English:

noun

A shy insectivorous mammal of the hedgehog family, with a long snout and rat-like appearance, native to SE 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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