Definition of Otomys in English:

Otomys

noun

Zoology
  • An African genus of herbivorous vole-like rodents of the family Muridae which inhabit damp grassy areas and are characterized by a groove in each incisor tooth; a rodent of this genus (also called swamp rat, vlei rat).

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry McMurtrie (1793–1865). From scientific Latin Otomys, genus name from oto- + ancient Greek μῦς mouse.

Pronunciation

Otomys

/ˈəʊtəmɪs/