Also called trade rat, wood rat. a large, bushy-tailed rodent, Neotoma cinerea, of North America, noted for carrying off small articles to store in its nest.
Informal. a person who saves things that are not needed or used but that may have personal or other value.
Informal. an old prospector or guide.
Origin of pack rat
First recorded in 1840–50
Definition for packrat (2 of 2)
[ pak-rat ]
/ ˈpækˌræt /
verb (used with object), pack-rat·ted, pack-rat·ting. Informal.
to save in the manner of a pack rat: I’m looking through the stuff my grandpa pack-ratted away in the attic.
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British Dictionary definitions for packrat
any rat of the genus Neotoma, of W North America, having a long tail that is furry in some species: family CricetidaeAlso called: wood rat
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