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noun

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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Origin of black rat

First recorded in 1765–75
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black rat

noun

a common rat, Rattus rattus : a household pest that has spread from its native Asia to all countries
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