black rat

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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.

Nearby words

  1. black propaganda,
  2. black pudding,
  3. black quarter,
  4. black racer,
  5. black raspberry,
  6. black ring,
  7. black river,
  8. black rod,
  9. black root rot,
  10. black rot

Origin of black rat

First recorded in 1765–75

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British Dictionary definitions for black rat

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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