- a large, aquatic, North American rodent, Ondatra zibethica, having a musky odor.
- its thick, light-brown fur, used for coats, for hats, as a trimming, etc.
Origin of muskrat
Examples from the Web for muskrat
Even in one of the earliest books, the Muskrat philosopher ends up seeing the point of things.Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins
August 9, 2014
This little creature has habits not unlike those of the muskrat.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
Yes, I know all your traps, of all the sizes you use, from muskrat up to bear!The House in the Water
Charles G. D. Roberts
As the muskrat placed the mud on the turtle's shell he died.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children
Ictinike wished to do just as Muskrat had done, but he was unable.
The muskrat dodged and turned to the pool, but he was too late.Followers of the Trail
- a North American beaver-like amphibious rodent, Ondatra zibethica, closely related to but larger than the voles: family Cricetidae
- the brown fur of this animal
- either of two closely related rodents, Ondatra obscurus or Neofiber alleni (round-tailed muskrat)
Word Origin and History for muskrat
also musk-rat, 1610s, alteration (by association with musk and rat) of musquash, from Algonquian (probably Powhatan) muscascus, literally "it is red," so called for its colorings. From cognate Abenaki muskwessu comes variant form musquash (1620s).