Definition of Desert rat

1. Noun. Any of various leaping rodents of desert regions of North America and Mexico; largest members of the family Heteromyidae.

Exact synonyms: Dipodomys Phillipsii, Kangaroo Rat
Generic synonyms: Pocket Rat
Group relationships: Dipodomys, Genus Dipodomys
Specialized synonyms: Dipodomys Ordi, Ord Kangaroo Rat

Definition of Desert rat

1. Noun. A jerboa, including species such as ''Jaculus orientalis'' and the Lesser Egyptian Jerboa ''Jaculus jaculus'', which inhabit the desert regions of North Africa. ¹

2. Noun. A British or Australian soldier who served in North Africa with the British 7th Armoured Division in 1941-42. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Desert Rat

desert hare
desert hares
desert holly
desert iguana
desert island
desert islands
desert lynx
desert mariposa tulip
desert olive
desert paintbrush
desert pavement
desert pavements
desert pea
desert plant
desert plume
desert rat (current term)
desert rheumatism
desert rose
desert sand verbena
desert selaginella
desert soil
desert soils
desert sore
desert sunflower
desert tortoise
desert varnish
desert willow

Literary usage of Desert rat

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1914)
"Mr. Adler, then, was a desert rat, one of those curious old-or-young nicknamed-or- nameless bits of alcohol-logged flotsam and jetsam that float on the ..."

2. A Catalogue of the Mammalia in the Museum of the Hon. East-India Company by Thomas Horsfield, East India Company Museum (1851)
"It is doubtless the ' desert rat' mentioned by the late Captain Arthur Conolly, in his Overland Journey to India (p. 54, Vol. I.)."—(Hutton, Rough Notes on ..."

3. Desert Dancing: Exploring the Land, the People, the Legends of the by Len Wilcox (2000)
"The stereotype desert rat prospects alone, a hermit whose mule today is a Jeep with ... I'ma born desert rat, and I invite you to come along to some of my ..."

4. California Desert Trails by Joseph Smeaton Chase (1919)
"... poor land — Two-Bunch Palms — A plucky woman-settler — Thirsty poultry —"Desert rat" and poet — Pottery fragments — San Jacinto and San Bernardino ..."

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