an Old World rat, Rattus rattus, now common in the southern U.S., having a black or brown body with grayish or white underparts.
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- black propaganda,
- black pudding,
- black quarter,
- black racer,
- black raspberry,
- black ring,
- black river,
- black rod,
- black root rot,
- black rot
Origin of black rat
First recorded in 1765–75
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Not so, however, with the black-rat blister-beetle, which is on hand ready for business early in the season.The $100 Prize Essay on the Cultivation of the Potato; and How to Cook the Potato|D. H. Compton and Pierre Blot
a common rat, Rattus rattus : a household pest that has spread from its native Asia to all countries
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