rice rat

noun

variants or rice mouse
: any of various cricetid rats (genus Oryzomys) abundant in moist or swampy areas from New Jersey to Venezuela
especially : a rodent (O. palustris) of the southeastern U.S. that greatly resembles the Norway rat

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“Rice rat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rice%20rat. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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