muskrat

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noun musk·rat \ˈməsk-ˌrat\

Definition of muskrat

plural

muskrat

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muskrats

  1. :  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 and Etymology of muskrat

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


First Known Use: 1607


MUSKRAT Defined for English Language Learners

muskrat

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noun musk·rat \ˈməsk-ˌrat\

Definition of muskrat for English Language Learners

  • : a North American animal that lives in or near water


MUSKRAT Defined for Kids

muskrat

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noun musk·rat \ˈməsk-ˌrat\

Definition of muskrat for Students

plural

muskrat

or

muskrats

  1. :  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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