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black rat

n.
A common rat (Rattus rattus) found worldwide, especially in populated areas, having a black or dark brown coat.

black rat

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The NPS claims it is killing black rats to protect native species," said Michael Markarian, President of The Fund for Animals, "but it is succeeding in wiping out native species unique to Anacapa Island.
Rattus rattus, The introduction of the black rat into Britain, Antiquity 53: 112-20.
The production features Black RAT regular Gareth Bale as Trevor (also assistant director for the tour), a return in the actor/director role for Richard Tunley playing the character of Nick and a welcome back for TV's My Family actor Keiron Self as Malcolm.
Discovery of the Fenchurch Street black rat remains prompted Barbara West and myself (both then employed by the Museum of London) to collaborate in investigating their wider significance.
The arrival of Larry came after a large black rat was seen on TV running past the front door.
The three rodents that have spread across the world are the common rat, found all over Britain, the house mouse and the black rat or roof rat, which used to be the native species in Britain but is now almost extinct here.
Now it's your chance to win a Black Rat five-piece rock drum kit, with chain-driven double-braced hardware, cymbals and stool, plus three free lessons at the School of Rock.
TWO pupils at a Scots school marked their last day by unleashing a swarm of insects and a black rat into the staff room and headteacher's office.
The black rat, Rattus rattus, is believed to have returned to Cornwall after an absence of up to 100 years.
Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce | It's your last chance to |catch this production of the comedy staged by Black Rat Productions as it arrives at the final destination of its tour.
The first few years after graduating are always hard but I've been lucky and done work already for productions companies like Black Rat, Hijinx and Sceptical as well as the Torch Theatre Company.
Davis, suggested that black rat ectoparasites could not have been likely vectors of medieval plague in Europe, based on the facts that expected die-offs of rats were not reported and that the rodents' fleas would not have been active during winter in medieval Europe (8).