Definition of moonrat in English:

moonrat

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
    • ‘Moist forests, mangrove swamps, and wet farmlands are the typical habitats of Malayan moonrats.’
    • ‘A moonrat, a member of the hedgehog family, forages for food among leaf litter.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

moonrat

/ˈmuːnrat/