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 in1765–75
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Example sentences from the Web for black rat
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British Dictionary definitions for black rat
a common rat, Rattus rattus : a household pest that has spread from its native Asia to all countries
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