What is rat?

  • (verb): Desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. "True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus. Many members of other rodent genera and families are also referred to as rats, and share many characteristics with true rats.

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The Dragonslayer - Synopsis - Deliver Us These Laws
... Fone Bone turns to Smiley Bone for help with the baby rat creature ... In the barn, Smiley is delighted to meet the Rat Creature cub, and promptly adopts him as a pet ... Lucius fears that the Rat Creatures evacuating the valley could be a precursor to another sneak attack like the Nights of Lightning ...
Taxonomy of Rattus - Species
... Genus Rattus - Typical rats incertae sedis Annandale's Rat (Rattus annandalei) – Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore Enggano Rat (Rattus enganus) – Indonesia Philippine Forest Rat (Rattus ... norvegicus group Himalayan Field Rat (Rattus nitidus) – Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Palau, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam Brown Rat or Norway Rat (Ra ... rattus group Sunburned Rat (Rattus adustus) – Enggano Island, Indonesia Sikkim Rat (Rattus andamanensis) – Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam Rice-fiel ...
Glodeanu Sărat
... Glodeanu Sărat is a commune in Buzău County, Romania ... of four villages Căldăruşanca, Glodeanu Sărat, Ileana and Pitulicea ...
Leatherhead (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) - 1987 Animated Series
... While he searches for the Turtles, he also meets the Rat King (whom he describes, in a Cajun accent, as "a few shrimp shy of a boatload") and wrestles him to the ground before he tried to fight ... Later, he partnered up with the Rat King, after their attempts to kill each other failed, to eliminate the Turtles ... In one episode called "Night of the Rogues," Shredder hired him and the Rat King along with Slash, Tempestra, Antrax, Scumbug, and Chrome Dome to help him ...
Laboratory Rat
... A laboratory rat is a rat of the species Rattus norvegicus (brown rat) which is bred and kept for scientific research ... Laboratory rats have served as an important animal model for research in psychology, medicine, and other fields ...

More definitions of "rat":

  • (verb): Catch rats, especially with dogs.
  • (noun): Any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse.
  • (noun): A pad (usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure.
  • (verb): Give (hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat.
  • (verb): Take the place of work of someone on strike.
    Synonyms: scab, blackleg
  • (verb): Employ scabs or strike breakers in.

Famous quotes containing the word rat:

    I am ashamed to see what a shallow village tale our so-called History is. How many times must we say Rome, and Paris, and Constantinople! What does Rome know of rat and lizard? What are Olympiads and Consulates to these neighboring systems of being? Nay, what food or experience or succor have they for the Esquimaux seal-hunter, or the Kanaka in his canoe, for the fisherman, the stevedore, the porter?
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men’s reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of “the rat race” is not yet final.
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939)

    It is restful, tragedy, because one knows that there is no more lousy hope left. You know you’re caught, caught at last like a rat with all the world on its back. And the only thing left to do is shout—not moan, or complain, but yell out at the top of your voice whatever it was you had to say. What you’ve never said before. What perhaps you don’t even know till now.
    Jean Anouilh (1910–1987)