One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for black rat
- ‘Actually that is also an ancient tradition and it goes far beyond the ability of the cat to kill the ship rats.’
- ‘The Black Death is said to have originated in Central Asia, to have been contracted from fur-bearing animals and to have been spread to Europe by ship rats and their fleas.’
- ‘The rats which are a problem in the native forest are mainly the introduced ship rats which eat small animals, birds' eggs, young birds and many native fruits and plants.’
- ‘The ship rat invaded Big South Cape Island off Stewart Island, where the last population of South Island saddlebacks existed.’
- ‘In addition to sylvatic plague, a disease likely brought from Europe by ship rats, prairie dogs have suffered from aggressive poisoning campaigns by farmers and ranchers.’
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