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muskrat

noun musk·rat \ˈməsk-ˌrat\

: a North American animal that lives in or near water

plural muskrat or muskrats

Full Definition of MUSKRAT

:  an aquatic rodent (Ondatra zibethica) of the United States and Canada with a long scaly laterally compressed tail, webbed hind feet, and dark glossy brown fur; also :  its fur or pelt

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Origin of MUSKRAT

probably by folk etymology from a word of Algonquian origin; akin to Massachusett musquash muskrat
First Known Use: 1607

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