wood-rat

wood rat

noun
pack rat ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1750–60

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pack rat

noun
1.
Also called trade rat, wood rat. a large, bushy-tailed rodent, Neotoma cinerea, of North America, noted for carrying off small articles to store in its nest.
2.
Informal. a person who saves things that are not needed or used but that may have personal or other value.
3.
Informal. an old prospector or guide.
Also, packrat.


Origin:
1840–50

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pack rat
 
n
Also called: wood rat any rat of the genus Neotoma, of W North America, having a long tail that is furry in some species: family Cricetidae

wood rat
 
n
another name for pack rat

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