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brown rat

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noun
  1. Norway rat.

Origin of brown rat

First recorded in 1820–30
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British Dictionary definitions for brown rat

brown rat

noun
  1. a common brownish rat, Rattus norvegicus : a serious pest in all parts of the worldAlso called: Norway rat
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