muskrat

noun
musk·rat | \ˈməsk-ˌrat \
plural muskrat or muskrats

Definition of muskrat 

: an aquatic rodent (Ondatra zibethica) of the U.S. 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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Last month, when two dead muskrats tested positive for the disease in the Ken Euers Nature Area in Green Bay, WBAY reported, health officials there urged people to protect themselves and their pets from ticks and biting flies. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Don't touch bunnies. Illinois residents are warned about rabbit fever in their area," 29 June 2018 Last month, when two dead muskrats tested positive for the disease in the Ken Euers Nature Area in Green Bay, WBAY reported, health officials there urged people to protect themselves and their pets from ticks and biting flies. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Don't touch bunnies. Illinois residents are warned about rabbit fever in their area," 29 June 2018 Last month, when two dead muskrats tested positive for the disease in the Ken Euers Nature Area in Green Bay, WBAY reported, health officials there urged people to protect themselves and their pets from ticks and biting flies. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Don't touch bunnies. Illinois residents are warned about rabbit fever in their area," 29 June 2018 Last month, when two dead muskrats tested positive for the disease in the Ken Euers Nature Area in Green Bay, WBAY reported, health officials there urged people to protect themselves and their pets from ticks and biting flies. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Don't touch bunnies. Illinois residents are warned about rabbit fever in their area," 29 June 2018 Last month, when two dead muskrats tested positive for the disease in the Ken Euers Nature Area in Green Bay, WBAY reported, health officials there urged people to protect themselves and their pets from ticks and biting flies. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Don't touch bunnies. Illinois residents are warned about rabbit fever in their area," 29 June 2018 As of April 26, Groehler had trapped nearly 300 muskrats around the lake. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Okauchee Lake has a serious muskrat problem. A retired trapper is trying to solve it.," 27 Apr. 2018 Last month, when two dead muskrats tested positive for the disease in the Ken Euers Nature Area in Green Bay, WBAY reported, health officials there urged people to protect themselves and their pets from ticks and biting flies. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Don't touch bunnies. Illinois residents are warned about rabbit fever in their area," 29 June 2018 The bacterium that causes tularemia is present in some wildlife in northeast Illinois such as wild rabbits, muskrats and beavers, but wild animals generally do not exhibit signs of the disease, according to the county. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Rabbit found in Tinley Park tests positive for tularemia," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of muskrat

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for muskrat

probably by folk etymology from a word of Algonquian origin; akin to Massachusett musquash muskrat

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muskrat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of muskrat

: a North American animal that lives in or near water

muskrat

noun
musk·rat | \ˈməsk-ˌrat \
plural muskrat or muskrats

Kids Definition of muskrat

: a North American animal that is a rodent living in or near water and having webbed hind feet, a long scaly tail, and glossy usually dark brown fur

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