from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An African rodent of the genus Aulacodus, A. swinderianus. Also called ground-pig. See cut under Aulacodus.
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If they fail in securing their favored game, the guanaco, they capture a kind of ground-rat, or gather the snails and mussels of the beach; but the one grand aim of life is to hunt the guanaco.
The poor parents by this time began to feel rather discouraged, but still they made up their minds to persevere and went on to look for the ground-rat.
They found him and offered him their daughter in marriage, but the ground-rat denied that he was the most powerful being on earth, the Musahars were more powerful for they lived by digging out ground-rats and eating them.
_Octodontidae_ the best known is the coypu of the Andes, one of the largest of the rodents, and the ground-rat or ground-pig of western and southern Africa.
I won't forestall your complex, tragic fate, though you're a lying little ground-rat. "
The ground-rat is more powerful, for however high I may be the ground-rats burrow holes in me and I cannot resist them. "