Definition of Pack rat

1. Noun. Someone who collects things that have been discarded by others.

Exact synonyms: Magpie, Scavenger
Generic synonyms: Hoarder
Derivative terms: Scavenge

2. Noun. Any of several bushy-tailed rodents of the genus Neotoma of western North America; hoards food and other objects.
Exact synonyms: Bushytail Woodrat, Neotoma Cinerea, Packrat, Trade Rat
Generic synonyms: Wood Rat, Wood-rat
Group relationships: Genus Neotoma, Neotoma
Specialized synonyms: Dusky-footed Woodrat, Neotoma Fuscipes

Definition of Pack rat

1. Noun. Any of several small North American rodents, of the genus ''Neotoma'', that have bushy tails ¹

2. Noun. (informal) A scavenger ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pack Rat

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pack heat
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pack horses
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pack of cards
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pack on
pack on pounds
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pack out
pack rat (current term)
pack riding
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package holiday

Literary usage of Pack rat

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1. The Art-literature Readers by Eulalie Osgood Grover, Frances Elizabeth Chutter (1909)
"THE PACK-RAT Away in the mountain region of the West is a little animal called a ... Each Pack-rat's home is in the middle of a vast accumulation of useless ..."

2. ...The American Boys' Handybook of Camp-lore and Woodcraft by Daniel Carter Beard (1920)
"Then we also have the pack rat, but the pack rat does not carry things with our ... The pack rat comes flippity- flop, hopping over the ground from the old ..."

3. Woodmyth & Fable: Text & Drawings by Ernest Thompson Seton (1905)
"Each Pack-rat's home is in the middle of a vast accumulation of useless odds and ... If a hunters' camp is near by, the Pack-rat often finds opportunity ..."

4. Campfires on Desert and Lava by William Temple Hornaday (1908)
"The jack-rabbit, the cotton-tail, the pack-rat, kangaroo rat, chipmunk and coyote have ... In view of the distances by which Pack-Rat nests are separated, ..."

5. The Bookman (1908)
"The hills were full of men who came there to search for gold and who had never heard of or seen a pack rat. It is said that many a bloody tragedy was ..."

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