One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shy insectivorous mammal of the hedgehog family, with a long snout and ratlike appearance, native to SE Asia and China.
Subfamily Galericinae, family Erinaceidae: several genera and species, in particular Echinosorex gymnurusAlso called gymnure
- ‘A moonrat, a member of the hedgehog family, forages for food among leaf litter.’
- ‘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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