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muskrat

[ muhsk-rat ]
/ ˈmʌskˌræt /
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noun, plural musk·rats, (especially collectively) musk·rat.
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.

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Origin of muskrat

1680–90, Americanism; alteration, by folk etymology, of musquash
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British Dictionary definitions for muskrat

muskrat
/ (ˈmʌskˌræt) /

noun plural -rats or -rat
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)
Often (informal) shortened to: musquash

Word Origin for muskrat

C17: by folk etymology, from the same source as musquash
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