One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large semiaquatic rodent.
Several genera in the family Muridae, in particular Hydromys of Australasia
pirate, marauder, raider, plunderer, bandit, robberView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Since when did notions of cleaning up the backyard shed, eating water rats, and wiping the bottoms of naughty rich children constitute entertainment?’
- ‘It's murky, and I realize that there might be water rats.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Down here is all darkness, the only sound the slur of rain in the dirt, water rats scratching inside the walls.’
- ‘Smooth-coated otters are omnivorous and will eat insects, earthworms, crustaceans, frogs, water rats, turtles, large birds, and fish.’
- 1.1British another term for water vole
- ‘Elsewhere, herons studied it; swans, ducks, coots and moorhens ruffled it; water rats (I saw only one) sent small, semicircular ripples out across it.’
- ‘It cut its teeth on water rat, badger, otter and fox in its native Yorkshire, England, then proved to be an excellent watchdog and retriever, too.’
- ‘The annual report from the conservation charity Mammal Trust UK named the water vole - also known as the water rat - as the UK's most rapidly declining mammal.’
- ‘He conjures up images of water rats and crested newts killed by bulldozers.’
- ‘There are kingfishers, herons, mink, water rats…’
- ‘Never having seen such a thing as a river, he becomes immediately entranced and soon makes a friend of Mr. Rat, a water rat living right on the bank.’
- ‘Following Coleridge's death the second editor was Frederick Furnivall, a fantastic eccentric in an age of eccentrics (he was the model for the water rat in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows).’
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