brown rat
noun Date: 1781 a common domestic rat (Rattus norvegicus) that has been introduced worldwide — called also Norway rat

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  • brown rat — Rat Rat (r[a^]t), n. [AS. r[ae]t; akin to D. rat, OHG. rato, ratta, G. ratte, ratze, OLG. ratta, LG. & Dan. rotte, Sw. r[*a]tta, F. rat, Ir. & Gael radan, Armor. raz, of unknown origin. Cf. {Raccoon}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of several species of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brown rat — n a common domestic rat of the genus Rattus (R. norvegicus) that has been introduced worldwide called also Norway rat * * * Rattus norvegicus, a brownish gray species that is larger than the black rat, and has short ears and tail. Called also… …   Medical dictionary

  • brown rat — n. a common, omnivorous large rat (Rattus norvegicus) that swims and dives well, usually lives in underground burrows, and spreads various diseases: the mutant form, a white rat, is used for medical experiments * * * …   Universalium

  • brown rat — n. a common, omnivorous large rat (Rattus norvegicus) that swims and dives well, usually lives in underground burrows, and spreads various diseases: the mutant form, a white rat, is used for medical experiments …   English World dictionary

  • brown rat — brown′ rat′ n. mam Norway rat • Etymology: 1820–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • Brown rat — Rattus norvegicus redirects here. For the album, see Rattus Norvegicus (album). Brown rat Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • Brown Rat — Taxobox name = Brown Rat status = LR/lc status system = iucn2.3 status ref =IUCN2006|assessors=Amori|year=1996|id=19353|title=Rattus norvegicus|downloaded=12 May 2006] regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Rodentia familia …   Wikipedia

  • brown rat — noun common domestic rat; serious pest worldwide • Syn: ↑Norway rat, ↑Rattus norvegicus • Hypernyms: ↑rat • Hyponyms: ↑wharf rat, ↑sewer rat …   Useful english dictionary

  • brown rat — pilkoji žiurkė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Rattus norvegicus angl. brown rat; common rat; Irish rat; Norway rat; sewer rat vok. braune Ratte; graue Wanderratte; Schiffsratte; Siedlungswanderratte; …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • brown rat — /braʊn ˈræt/ (say brown rat) noun a widely distributed rat, Rattus norvegicus, which lives in burrows beneath buildings, sewers, rubbish dumps, etc.; the most common introduced rat in Australia. Also, sewer rat, Norway rat …   Australian English dictionary

  • brown rat — noun A common species of rat, Rattus norvegicus. Syn: common rat, Norway rat, Norwegian rat, wharf rat …   Wiktionary

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