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rice rat

  1. any rat of the genus Oryzomys, having an exceptionally long tail, especially O. palustris, inhabiting rice fields and marshes of the southern U.S., Mexico, and Central America.
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Origin of rice rat

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples of rice rat

  • The Florida rice-rat (Sigmodon hispidus) is another well-known representative of the group.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 8