water rat


: a rodent that frequents water
: a waterfront loafer or petty thief

Examples of water rat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers think competition for food caused the disappearance of teeth in the platypus—the spread of the Australo-New Guinean water rat may have affected which prey platypuses hunted for. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 7 June 2024 The water rats may have started feasting on harder animals like crayfish and mussels, which pushed monotremes toward softer foods like shrimp and worms. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 June 2024 An Aboriginal dreamtime story about the platypus (one indigenous name for the animal is Dharragarra) explains its origin as the product of a courtship between a water rat and a duck. Helen Sullivan, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of water rat was in the 15th century

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“Water rat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20rat. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

water rat

: a rodent that is found in or near water

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