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
Recent Examples of muskrat from the Web
The traps the city will likely use kill muskrats by trapping them underwater.
The officer could not get the animal out, so following the advice of the DuPage County animal control department, the officer put a board in the well, hoping the muskrat will climb out.
Unlike native Louisiana muskrat, which chomp the leaves of plants, nutria go straight for the roots.
Biologists say more naturally fluctuating water levels will help restore 64,000 acres of wetlands that are home to muskrats, spawning grounds for fish and natural buffers for storm surges.
Mink, beavers and muskrats share the same habitat as otters and, sometimes when seen swimming, are confused with otters.
And there is abundant wildlife: mink, weasels, muskrat, beaver, porcupine, coyote, and plentiful birds.
Two sets of tracks—fox and mouse—weave across the snowy surface of the river, which is home to bass, muskrats, and beavers.
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Origin and Etymology of muskrat
probably by folk etymology from a word of Algonquian origin; akin to Massachusett musquash muskrat
First Known Use: 1607See Words from the same year
MUSKRAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of muskrat for English Language Learners
: a North American animal that lives in or near water
MUSKRAT Defined for Kids
Definition of muskrat for Students
: 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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