One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large nocturnal burrowing rat that feeds chiefly on the roots of bamboo and other plants, found in the forests of SE Asia.
Genus Rhyzomys, family Muridae: several species
- ‘There are masked palm civets, bamboo rats, hog nosed badgers, boars, barking deer and giant flying squirrels, as well as cats and dogs.’
- ‘But at the time and rightly for 1986, it had only been seen in the bamboo rat in southern Asia and in some Arabian whale.’
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