water rat

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water rat (plural water rats)

  1. (US) Any of various rodents from Florida and southern Georgia, especially Neofiber alleni; the muskrat.
    • 2004, James McConnachie, Rough Guide to the Loire, page 43,
      Otters are even harder to spot; the coypu, a North American water rat, is more commonly seen.
  2. (Australia) The rakali, Hydromys chrysogaster.
  3. (informal) The European water vole, Arvicola amphibius, formerly Arvicola terrestris.
  4. (US, slang) A petty thief or waterfront ruffian.
  5. (slang) A person fond of water sports.
  6. (slang, Australia) A member of the water police.


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