“They said ‘Go to fight the rats,’” says Mohammed, a tall man with curly hair and long, thin fingers.
The results: Even moderate MDMA doses in conditions that mimic hot, crowded, social settings could be lethal to rats.
William rides a Ducati which is currently being repaired after rats chewed through cables.
We have now officially entered Sandy Phase Two, past the fear of drowning, the crashing trees, and the roaming packs of rats.
rats were breeding in the trash and neighbors pitched in to mow her lawn.
rats had been upon me, and rats were at that moment in my chamber!
Some rats in the wall began to fight and bite each other, and squeak and scramble.
She destroys the rats and mice, which otherwise would do much injury.
On listening, he was certain that the noise was unlike that made by rats.
Moreover, they were overrun with cockroaches, rats and other vermin.
late Old English ræt "rat," of uncertain origin. Similar words are found in Celtic (Gaelic radan), Romanic (Italian ratto, Spanish rata, French rat) and Germanic (Old Saxon ratta; Dutch rat; German Ratte, dialectal Ratz; Swedish råtta, Danish rotte) languages, but connection is uncertain and origin unknown. In all this it is very much like cat.
Perhaps from Vulgar Latin *rattus, but Weekley thinks this is of Germanic origin, "the animal having come from the East with the race-migrations" and the word passing thence to the Romanic languages. American Heritage and Tucker connect Old English ræt to Latin rodere and thus PIE *red- "to scrape, scratch, gnaw," source of rodent (q.v.). Klein says there is no such connection and suggests a possible cognate in Greek rhine "file, rasp." Weekley connects them with a question mark and Barnhart writes, "the relationship to each other of the Germanic, Romance, and Celtic words for rat is uncertain." OED says "probable" the rat word spread from Germanic to Romanic, but takes no position on ultimate origin.
RATS. Of these there are the following kinds: a black rat and a grey rat, a py-rat and a cu-rat. ["Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," Grose, 1788]Middle English common form was ratton, from augmented Old French form raton. Sense of "one who abandons his associates" (1620s) is from belief that rats leave a ship about to sink or a house about to fall and led to meaning "traitor, informant" (1902; verb 1910). Interjection rats is American English, 1886. To smell a rat is 1540s; "to be put on the watch by suspicion as the cat by the scent of a rat; to suspect danger" [Johnson]. _____-rat, "person who frequents _____" (in earliest reference dock-rat) is from 1864.
1812, "to desert one's party; 1864 as "to catch rats;" 1921 as "to peach on, inform on, behave dishonestly toward;" from rat (n.). Related: Ratted; ratting.
Any of various long-tailed rodents of the genus Rattus and related genera, including certain strains used in scientific research and certain species that are vectors for various diseases.
An exclamation of disgust, disappointment, dismay, etc (1886+)
A frequenter and devotee of the place indicated: arcade rat/ rink rat (1970s+)