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Norway rat

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noun

an Old World rat, Rattus norvegicus, having a grayish-brown body with whitish underparts and a long, scaly tail, now common in the U.S. in or near homes, barns, wharves, etc.

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Also called brown rat.

Origin of Norway rat

First recorded in 1745–55
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Norway rat

noun

another name for brown rat
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