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Definition: rat snake
n : any of various nonvenomous rodent-eating snakes of North
America and Asia
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Definition: Rat snake
(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 small rodents of the
(formerly included in Mus
) and allied
genera, of the family Muridae
, distinguished from mice
primarily by being larger. They infest houses, stores, and
ships, especially the Norway rat, also called brown rat
formerly Mus decumanus
), the black
rat (Rattus rattus
formerly Mus rattus
), and the roof
rat (formerly Mus Alexandrinus
, now included in Rattus rattus
). These were introduced into America from the Old
World. The white rat used most commonly in laboratories is
primarily a strain derived from Rattus rattus
[1913 Webster +PJC]
2. A round and tapering mass of hair, or similar material,
used by women to support the puffs and rolls of their
natural hair. [Local, U.S.]
3. One who deserts his party or associates; hence, in the
trades, one who works for lower wages than those
prescribed by a trades union. [Cant]
Note: “It so chanced that, not long after the accession of
the house of Hanover, some of the brown, that is the
German or Norway, rats, were first brought over to this
country (in some timber as is said); and being much
stronger than the black, or, till then, the common,
rats, they in many places quite extirpated the latter.
The word (both the noun and the verb to rat) was first,
as we have seen, leveled at the converts to the
government of George the First, but has by degrees
obtained a wider meaning, and come to be applied to any
sudden and mercenary change in politics.”
(Zo["o]l.), any Indian rodent of the genus
, Coast rat
. (Zo["o]l.) See under Beaver
(Zo["o]l.), the mole rat.
(Zo["o]l.), a long-haired rat (Sigmodon hispidus
), native of the Southern United States and
Mexico. It makes its nest of cotton and is often injurious
to the crop.
. See Ground Pig
, under Ground
. See under Hedgehog
(Zo["o]l.), the potoroo.
(Zo["o]l.), the common brown rat. See Rat
(a) See Pocket Gopher
, under Pocket
(b) Any African rodent of the genus Cricetomys
(Ethnol.), a tribe of Indians dwelling near
Fort Ukon, Alaska. They belong to the Athabascan stock.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Mole rat
, under Mole
, an inclosed space into which rats are put to be
killed by a dog for sport.
(Zo["o]l.), a large colubrine snake (Ptyas mucosus
) very common in India and Ceylon. It enters
dwellings, and destroys rats, chickens, etc.
(Zo["o]l.), any South American rodent of the
To smell a rat
. See under Smell
(Zo["o]l.), any American rat of the genus
, especially Neotoma Floridana
, common in the
Southern United States. Its feet and belly are white.