Definition of water rat in English:

water rat

noun

  • 1A large semiaquatic rat-like rodent.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Smooth-coated otters are omnivorous and will eat insects, earthworms, crustaceans, frogs, water rats, turtles, large birds, and fish.’
    • ‘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.’
    pirate, marauder, raider, plunderer, bandit, robber
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    1. 1.1British
      another term for water vole
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He conjures up images of water rats and crested newts killed by bulldozers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, herons studied it; swans, ducks, coots and moorhens ruffled it; water rats (I saw only one) sent small, semicircular ripples out across it.’
      • ‘There are kingfishers, herons, mink, water rats…’

Pronunciation

water rat