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Muskrat

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muskrat

1. (Science: zoology) A North American aquatic fur-bearing rodent (fibre zibethicus). It resembles a rat in colour and having a long scaly tail, but the tail is compressed, the bind feet are webbed, and the ears are concealed in the fur. It has scent glands which secrete a substance having a strong odour of musk. Called also musquash, musk beaver, and ondatra.

2. (Science: zoology) The musk shrew.

3. (Science: zoology) The desman.