One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short-tailed rat found in grassland and scrub from North America to Guyana.
Genus Sigmodon, family Muridae: several species
- ‘I tried not to be envious, but I couldn't help telling him about how I had a cotton rat once and a jaybird for a little while.’
- ‘Among the visitors were a ground squirrel, cotton rats, cardinals, and a trio of green jays.’
- ‘Some rodents, especially the deer mouse, rice rat, white-footed mouse and cotton rat, may carry hantaviruses.’
- ‘Additionally, the cotton rat and rice rat are the rodent vectors in the southeastern United States for the Black Creek Canal and Bayou viruses, respectively.’
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