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Meaning of MUSKRAT

Pronunciation:  'musk`rat

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  beaver-like aquatic rodent of North America with dark glossy brown fur
  2. [n]  the brown fur of a muskrat

MUSKRAT is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: musquash, Ondatra zibethica
 See Also: fur, genus Ondatra, gnawer, gnawing animal, hudson seal, Ondatra, pelt, rodent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Musk"rat`\, n.
1. (Zo["o]l.) A North American aquatic fur-bearing rodent
   ({Fiber zibethicus}). It resembles a rat in color and
   having a long scaly tail, but the tail is compressed, the
   bind feet are webbed, and the ears are concealed in the
   fur. It has scent glands which secrete a substance having
   a strong odor of musk. Called also {musquash}, {musk
   beaver}, and {ondatra}.

2. (Zo["o]l.) The musk shrew.

3. (Zo["o]l.) The desman.