cane rat

noun

Definition of cane rat 

1 : a large ratlike African rodent (Thryonomys swinderianus or related species) that is related to the porcupine

called also ground pig

2 : hutia

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History and Etymology for cane rat

so called from its feeding on sugarcane

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