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  • n. A native employed in India to bring grass for horses.
  • n. The cane rat.


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From grass +‎ cutter.


  • In Ghana, a large type of rat known as grasscutter is regarded as a delicacy, often eaten with a gamey gravy and a pounded yam mush known as fufu.

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  • It was called "the grasscutter" because when staking-out a field of fire for the automatic weapons then, we'd knock down the elephant grass w/4 or 5 tubes.

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  • Antelopes, forest pigs and primates dominate the bushmeat trade in urban areas, while grasscutter (Thryonomys swinderianus) and Gambian giant rat (Cricetomys gambianus) are widely preferred because they are readily available.

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  • (Because of its tangy taste, Ghanaians actually pay three times more for grasscutter meat than for beef!)

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  • Two remarkable domestication programs have been started in Africa: the grasscutter in West Africa and the giant rat in Nigeria.

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  • Some problems encountered in the field study of the grasscutter (Thryonomys swinderianus) population in Ghana.

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  • Research on grasscutter breeding, husbandry, and feeding is similarly being implemented by the Ministry for Rural Development in Benin and at the Lacena in Ivory Coast (see Research Contacts).

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  • The larger grasscutter (T. swinderianus) generally lives in swampy, low-lying areas, especially along river banks and the borders of lakes and streams.

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  • If domestication of this wild species were successful in providing meat at a price similar to that of poultry (the second most popular meat), markets would be unlimited. 2 However, as production costs are high, long-term research will be required before grasscutter production can be profitable to the small farmer.

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  • Although domestication of the grasscutter is encouraged, wild populations might also be managed to maximize and sustain production through habitat manipulation.

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