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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [muhsk-rat]
    • /ˈmʌskˌræt/
    • /ˈmʌskræt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [muhsk-rat]
    • /ˈmʌskˌræt/

Definitions of muskrat word

  • noun plural muskrat a large, aquatic, North American rodent, Ondatra zibethica, having a musky odor. 1
  • noun plural muskrat its thick, light-brown fur, used for coats, for hats, as a trimming, etc. 1
  • noun muskrat A large semiaquatic North American rodent with a musky smell, valued for its fur. 1
  • noun muskrat large rodent 1
  • noun muskrat a North American beaver-like amphibious rodent, Ondatra zibethica, closely related to but larger than the voles: family Cricetidae 0
  • noun muskrat the brown fur of this animal 0

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Origin of muskrat

First appearance:

before 1680
One of the 48% oldest English words
1680-90, Americanism; alteration, by folk etymology, of musquash

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Parts of speech for Muskrat


muskrat popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

muskrat usage trend in Literature

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