water rat
Muskrat Musk"rat`, n. 1. (Zo["o]l.) A North American aquatic fur-bearing rodent ({Ondatra zibethica} formerly {Fiber zibethicus}). It resembles a rat in color and having a long scaly tail, but the tail is compressed, the hind 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}, {ondatra}, and sometimes {water rat}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The musk shrew. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) The desman. [1913 Webster]


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