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wood rat

noun
1.
pack rat (def 1).
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60

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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British Dictionary definitions for wood-rat

wood rat

noun
1.
another name for pack rat

pack rat

noun
1.
any rat of the genus Neotoma, of W North America, having a long tail that is furry in some species: family Cricetidae Also called wood rat
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Slang definitions & phrases for wood-rat

pack rat

noun phrase

A person who cannot discard anything acquired; a compulsive keeper and storer (1850+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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