from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small rat, Golunda eliiotti, found in southern India and Ceylon, where it does much damage to coffee plantations, by eating buds and blossoms. It is about 10 inches in total length and olive-brown above, tawny below.
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The coffee-rat  is an insular variety of the _Mus hirsutus_ of W. Elliot, found in Southern India.