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cane rat

noun
1.
a tropical African cavy-like hystricomorph rodent, Thryonomys swinderianus, that lives in swampy regions: family Thryonomyidae Also called (in W Africa) cutting grass
2.
a similar but smaller species, T. gregorianus
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either of two species of large, stocky African rodent. Weighing up to 7 kg (more than 15 pounds), cane rats can grow to a length of 61 cm (24 inches), not including the scantily haired tail, which measures up to 26 cm. Cane rats have blunt muzzles and small ears, and their speckled brown fur is coarse and bristly

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