from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large aquatic rodent (Ondatra zibethica) of North America, related to the lemming and the vole and having a dense brown coat and musk glands under a broad flat tail. Also called musquash, water rat.
- n. The fur of this rodent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large aquatic rodent; Ondatra zibethicus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A North American aquatic fur-bearing rodent (Ondatra zibethica formerly Fiber zibethicus). It resembles a rat in color and having a long scaly tail, but the tail is compressed, the hind feet are webbed, and the ears are concealed in the fur. It has scent glands which secrete a substance having a strong odor of musk. Called also musquash, musk beaver, ondatra, and sometimes water rat.
- n. The musk shrew.
- n. The desman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large murine rodent quadruped, Fiber zibethicus, of the family Muridœ and subfamily Arvicolinœ: so called from its musky odor.
- n. An insectivorous animal of musky odor likened to a rat, such as the European desman, Mygale pyrenaica, and the Indian musk-shrew or rat-tailed shrew, Sorex indicus or Crocidura myosura, also called Indian muskrat and monjourou.
- n. A viverrine quadruped, the South African genet, Genetta felina.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the brown fur of a muskrat
- n. beaver-like aquatic rodent of North America with dark glossy brown fur
This miller had shot an animal they call a muskrat, the skin of which we saw hanging up to dry.
Not a raccoon nor a muskrat is the wayfarer likely to meet with here to-night; but the gray rat of civilization is to be dimly discerned, as he lopes along the gutters in his nightly prowl.
Our muskrat is a trapped and drowned one so we will not have to replace the shot hole plugs with fresh ones, as would be best if it had been killed with the gun.
The muskrat is a skilled engineer, and delights in tunnelling.
The muskrat was a very good swimmer, indeed, and as soon as she reached the water she plunged in and swam about, to show Sammie and Susie how it ought to be done.
In the Baltimore markets four kinds of terrapin are sold -- not counting muskrat, which is sometimes disguised with sauce and sherry and served as a substitute.
I am more than half persuaded that the muskrat is a wise little animal, and that on the subject of the weather, especially, he possesses some secret that I should be glad to know.
He is called muskrat, from his resemblance to the common rat, combined with the musky odour which he emits from glands situated near the anus.
Part of the year the muskrat is a social animal; at other seasons it is solitary.
The "muskrat" of the States is the musquash of the fur-traders (_Fiber sibethicus_).
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