Norway rat

an Old World rat, Rattus norvegicus, having a grayish-brown body with whitish underparts and a long, scaly tail, now common in the U.S. in or near homes, barns, wharves, etc. See illus. under rat. Also called brown rat.

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  • Norway 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

  • Norway rat — n. BROWN RAT …   English World dictionary

  • Norway 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

  • Norway rat — n. the common brown rat, Rattus norvegicus. * * * ˌNorway ˈrat 7 [Norway rat] noun = ↑brown rat …   Useful english dictionary

  • Norway rat — Nor′way rat′ n. mam an Old World rat, Rattus norvegicus, having a grayish brown body and a long, scaly tail: introduced worldwide Also called brown rat • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • Norway rat — Nor·way rat .nȯ(ə)r wā n BROWN RAT …   Medical dictionary

  • Norway rat — /nɔweɪ ˈræt/ (say nawway rat) noun → brown rat …   Australian English dictionary

  • Norway rat — noun Date: 1759 brown rat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Norway rat — noun An alternative term for the brown rat …   Wiktionary

  • Norway rat — noun the common brown rat, Rattus norvegicus …   English new terms dictionary

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