desert rat


noun

any of various small rodents, as the kangaroo rat, inhabiting arid regions.
Chiefly Western U.S. one who lives in the desert, especially in order to prospect for gold or other valuable minerals.
Informal. a soldier fighting in the N African desert in World War II, especially a British soldier.

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Origin of desert rat

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for desert rat

desert rat

noun

a jerboa, Jaculus orientalis, inhabiting the deserts of N Africa
British informal a soldier who served in North Africa with the British 7th Armoured Division in 1941–42
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