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ratter

[rat-er] /ˈræt ər/
noun
1.
a person, animal, or thing that catches rats, as a terrier or a cat.
Origin of ratter
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35; rat + -er1
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  • But then he's just as good a ratter as any black-and-tan you ever saw.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • I am told that ratter was by no means satisfied with the affair.

  • Bertrand stole all he could lay his hands upon, and as for ratter, he gave more attention to cheese than he did to the mice.

  • He was first bred by the mill hands in the Midland counties of England where he was famous as a ratter.

    The Dogs of Boytown Walter A. Dyer
British Dictionary definitions for ratter

ratter

/ˈrætə/
noun
1.
a dog or cat that catches and kills rats
2.
another word for rat (sense 3), rat (sense 4)
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