brown rat

brown rat n a common domestic rat of the genus Rattus (R. norvegicus) that has been introduced worldwide called also Norway rat

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Rattus norvegicus, a brownish-gray species that is larger than the black rat, and has short ears and tail. Called also barn rat, gray rat, Norway rat, sewer rat, and wharf rat.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • brown rat — Rat Rat (r[a^]t), n. [AS. r[ae]t; akin to D. rat, OHG. rato, ratta, G. ratte, ratze, OLG. ratta, LG. & Dan. rotte, Sw. r[*a]tta, F. rat, Ir. & Gael radan, Armor. raz, of unknown origin. Cf. {Raccoon}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of several species of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brown rat — n. a common, omnivorous large rat (Rattus norvegicus) that swims and dives well, usually lives in underground burrows, and spreads various diseases: the mutant form, a white rat, is used for medical experiments * * * …   Universalium

  • brown rat — n. a common, omnivorous large rat (Rattus norvegicus) that swims and dives well, usually lives in underground burrows, and spreads various diseases: the mutant form, a white rat, is used for medical experiments …   English World dictionary

  • brown rat — brown′ rat′ n. mam Norway rat • Etymology: 1820–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • Brown rat — Rattus norvegicus redirects here. For the album, see Rattus Norvegicus (album). Brown rat Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • Brown Rat — Taxobox name = Brown Rat status = LR/lc status system = iucn2.3 status ref =IUCN2006|assessors=Amori|year=1996|id=19353|title=Rattus norvegicus|downloaded=12 May 2006] regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Rodentia familia …   Wikipedia

  • brown rat — noun common domestic rat; serious pest worldwide • Syn: ↑Norway rat, ↑Rattus norvegicus • Hypernyms: ↑rat • Hyponyms: ↑wharf rat, ↑sewer rat …   Useful english dictionary

  • brown rat — pilkoji žiurkė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Rattus norvegicus angl. brown rat; common rat; Irish rat; Norway rat; sewer rat vok. braune Ratte; graue Wanderratte; Schiffsratte; Siedlungswanderratte; …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • brown rat — /braʊn ˈræt/ (say brown rat) noun a widely distributed rat, Rattus norvegicus, which lives in burrows beneath buildings, sewers, rubbish dumps, etc.; the most common introduced rat in Australia. Also, sewer rat, Norway rat …   Australian English dictionary

  • brown rat — noun A common species of rat, Rattus norvegicus. Syn: common rat, Norway rat, Norwegian rat, wharf rat …   Wiktionary

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