• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sea-rat the chimera: a pirate
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ; Dut. zee, Ger. see, Ice. sær, Dan. .


In literature:

Rat of the Moon, are you playing with the Sea?
"Just So Stories" by Rudyard Kipling
The only animal that we saw during our excursion was a small kangaroo-rat; it was skipping about the rocks near the sea.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia" by Phillip Parker King
Her long hair, dark with the water, hung in wet rats' tails on her slim white shoulders, which were just flushed with the nip of the sea.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
When rats are seen deserting a ship ready for sea, it is regarded as an evil omen.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Of other living things only rats, goats, fowls, and sea birds exist on the island.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The floor below was a raging sea of rats; rats leaping over one another, jostling, biting, tearing.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
Do you want Daly to smell a rat and toss his stolen property into the sea?
"Walter and the Wireless" by Sara Ware Bassett
The only two we found, however, had been partially eaten by sea-gulls and rats.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
I knows what a rat can do in a ship's hold as well as any one who has been to sea.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
Smells a sinking ship like a rat at sea, Conal does.
"The Pioneers" by Katharine Susannah Prichard
The owl builds now in the rafters, and it is the big sea-rat that runs across the fireless hearth.
"The Best Psychic Stories" by Various
Rats leaving ships about to founder at sea.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick

In poetry:

Give me the sea, an' I'll give thanks to Gawd
For ev'ry wave as lops its 'ead inboard,
A-thankin' I'm for breath, an' 'ands to bleed;
I'll be a man, by Gawd! The rat's 'ard creed!
"Packet Rat" by Bill Adams
Did you say there are no clippers? Did you say them days is done?
Days of packet rats an' packets, an' stars an' moon an' sun?
O' lights upon the water, a-shinin' on the sea?
My God, but I'm a packet rat!
What will become of me?
"I've Been Dreamin'" by Bill Adams

In news:

Add in a soaking of sea water and chlorine, and you've got a recipe for a rat's nest.