pack rat

or pack·rat


noun

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.

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Origin of pack rat

First recorded in 1840–50

Definition for packrat (2 of 2)

pack-rat

or pack·rat

[ 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

pack rat

noun

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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