water rat


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

water rat

: a rodent that is found in or near water

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