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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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Rat

RAT, noun [Probably named from gnawing, and from the root of Latin rodo.]

A small quadruped of the genus Mus, which infests houses, stores and ships; a troublesome race of animals.

To smell a rat to be suspicious, to be on the watch from suspicion; as a cat by the scent or noise of a rat