cane rat


Definition of cane rat

  1. 1 :  a large ratlike African rodent (Thryonomys swinderianus or related species) that is related to the porcupine —called also ground pig

  2. 2 :  hutia

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of cane rat

so called from its feeding on sugarcane

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cane rat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a brief usually trivial fact

Get Word of the Day daily email!