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rice rat

any rat of the genus Oryzomys, having an exceptionally long tail, especially O. palustris, inhabiting rice fields and marshes of the southern U.S., Mexico, and Central America.
Origin of rice rat
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The rice rat prefers marshy areas and is semi-aquatic.
  • The park's rodents include the marsh rice rat and round-tailed muskrat, also at home in a watery environment.
  • Cur principal native rats are the rice rat, the cotton rat, and that friendly nuisance: the wood rat or pack rat.
  • The endangered rice rat depends on large areas of adjacent or contiguous saline and freshwater wetland habitat.

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