Definition of Norway rat

1. Noun. Common domestic rat; serious pest worldwide.

Exact synonyms: Brown Rat, Rattus Norvegicus
Generic synonyms: Rat
Group relationships: Genus Rattus, Rattus
Specialized synonyms: Wharf Rat, Sewer Rat

Definition of Norway rat

1. Noun. An alternative term for the brown rat. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Norway Rat

Norton's operation
Norwalk agent
Norwalk virus
Norway itch
Norway lemming
Norway lemmings
Norway lobster
Norway maple
Norway rat
Norway rats
Norway spruce
Norwegian Bokmål
Norwegian Nynorsk
Norwegian Sea
Norwegian Sign Language
Norwegian elkhound
Norwegian forest cat
Norwegian krone
Norwegian lobster
Norwegian monetary unit
Norwegian rat

Literary usage of Norway rat

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge edited by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1884)
"Brown or norway rat, 1 o (ill.). Black, 2 bo (ill.). Roof or white- bellied, 212, l a. Giant rat of Bengal, l ab. ..."

2. A History of the Earth and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith (1875)
"But the norway rat soon put a stop to their increase ; as these animals were of an amphibious nature, they pursued the frog to its lakes, and took it even ..."

3. Curiosities of Natural History by Francis Trevelyan Buckland (1883)
"What has happened in England has happened elsewhere, viz. the norway rat has destroyed the aboriginal rat of the country. A gentleman whose family had ..."

4. Evolution and the War by Peter Chalmers Mitchell (1915)
"It is rather smaller and not so heavy as the norway rat and can be ... Mus rattus is a better climber than the norway rat and is the typical barn and ..."

5. American Animals: A Popular Guide to the Mammals of North America North of by Witmer Stone, William Everett Cram (1902)
"The black rat, a much less aggressive and less troublesome animal, was brought to America long before the norway rat, but upon the introduction of the ..."

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