muskrat

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Perhaps so called for its musky odour and because it resembles a rat, or perhaps called by an Algonquian name like the Abenaki moskwas, with the spelling altered under the influence of the English words musk and rat.

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muskrat (plural muskrats)

  1. A large aquatic rodent; Ondatra zibethicus.

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