Definition of ship rat in English:

ship rat


  • another term for black rat
    • ‘The ship rat invaded Big South Cape Island off Stewart Island, where the last population of South Island saddlebacks existed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Actually that is also an ancient tradition and it goes far beyond the ability of the cat to kill the ship rats.’
    • ‘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.’