water rat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n water rat any of various amphibious rats
    • n water rat common large Eurasian vole
    • n water rat a person who enjoys being in or on the water
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rats can survive without water longer than camels.
    • Water rat A thief on the water; a pirate.
    • Water rat (Zoöl) The beaver rat. See under Beaver.
    • Water rat (Zoöl) The muskrat.
    • Water rat (Zoöl) The water vole. See under Vole.
    • ***

Usage

In literature:

Whole families were drowned like rats; houses were shattered to pieces or floated about on the water like wrecked ships.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
There are many holes of water-rats, but no one would imagine how numerous these latter creatures are.
"Round About a Great Estate" by Richard Jefferies
I bid thee welcome to the waters of the Lake of Musk-rats.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
I suspect much there may be two species of water-rats.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
Many's the time I've sin him chase the fish and tak' down the water-rats.
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
The splash of a water-rat roused her ear, and she turned to track him across the stream.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
We put Dandy down there to catch rats, and gave him nothing but water.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
The boys can swim and dive like water-rats, and often remain in the river all day long.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
A water-rat came out of his hole and fed in the grass close by.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
They're all water rats.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Slowly the minutes dragged, with not a sound about us save the sucking and lapping of the muddy river and the occasional flop of a water-rat.
"The Red Triangle" by Arthur Morrison
If a drowned rat looks sleekly wretched, Jacko looked ten times worse when taken out of the water.
"A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden" by W. A. Ross
Rats and Water Casks.
"Life of Charles Darwin" by G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
When I dragged you out of the water, like a drowned rat, I thought all was over with you.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume VI" by Various
A water rat swam past them in the middle of the canal.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
It was a startled water rat.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
My home once belonged to a water rat.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph, Volume 1, Number 2, February, 1897" by anonymous
John Thomas, bursting in with hot water for shaving and information concerning breakfast in the cabin, interrupts my rat-reverie.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
It was the man he had seen in the clutches of the water-rat at Hammersmith, when both were capsized into the river six months ago.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Like a frightened river rat, he pulled himself out of the water.
"Sinister Paradise" by Robert Moore Williams
***

In poetry:

I wish a water rat would glide
Slowly to the other side;
Or a dancing spider sit
On the yellow flags a bit.
"On The Bridge" by Kate Greenaway
He read no book, he snuffed no candle;
The rats ran in, the rats ran out,
And far and near, the drip of water
Went whisp'ring about.
"John Mouldy" by Walter de la Mare
He was once a negro boy, and a merry boy was he,
Playing outlandish plays, by the tall palm tree;
Or bathing in the river, like a brisk water rat,
And at night sleeping sound, on a little bit of mat.
"The Little Negro" by Ann Taylor
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.
These animals live in deserts and get the water they need from the furry creatures they eat, like hares, squirrels, lizards and kangaroo rats.
IT has all the markings of a fairy tale: a glass palace, a mysterious past, water lilies big enough to support a real-life Alice in Wonderland, and carnivorous plants known to consume creatures as big as rats.
DRINK WATER presents the first annual RAT RACE .
The 6-year-old rat terrier dog is believed to have caught Leptospirosis, a fast-moving illness transmitted through water infected by rat or mice urine.
Lab rats forgot how to escape a maze after binging on fructose (sugar) water, a UCLA research team found.
Claire Kowalick/Times Record News Animal Control Officer Shannon Eaton holds a rat snake that was picked up Monday morning at Castaway Cove water park.
***

In science:

Male S.D. rats (CENPALAB, Havana, Cuba) with a body weight of 200-240 g were used for the experiments. The animals were housed in groups of 4 per cage in a room with controlled 12:12 light/dark cycle and ad libitum food and water.
Nimesulide limits kainate-induced oxidative damage in the rat hippocampus
***