One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of semiaquatic rodents.See also muskrat
- ‘Down here is all darkness, the only sound the slur of rain in the dirt, water rats scratching inside the walls.’
- ‘Within this family, some species are particularly relevant, as is the case of Nectomys squamipes, a South American water rat that is a primary host of the parasite Schistosoma mansoni.’
- ‘The 17 hectare nature protects eight hectares of undisturbed rainforest, which is home to pademelons, brush turkeys, water rats and possums that can be seen on walks.’
- ‘It's murky, and I realize that there might be water rats.’
- ‘Since when did notions of cleaning up the backyard shed, eating water rats, and wiping the bottoms of naughty rich children constitute entertainment?’
- ‘To determine the geographical distribution of the phenotypes, we analyzed 820 skins of the South American water rat that were collected in various places in Brazil over a century and deposited at the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro.’
- ‘Smooth-coated otters are omnivorous and will eat insects, earthworms, crustaceans, frogs, water rats, turtles, large birds, and fish.’
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