desert rat

desert rat
any of various leaping rodents of desert regions of North America and Mexico; largest members of the family Heteromyidae
Hypernyms: ↑pocket rat
Hyponyms: ↑Ord kangaroo rat, ↑Dipodomys ordi
Member Holonyms: ↑Dipodomys, ↑genus Dipodomys

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Desert Rat [Desert Rat] noun [usu pl](infml)
a soldier in the British 7th Armoured Division, which fought in North Africa in ↑World War II. The Desert Rats were later among the soldiers sent to Kuwait in 1991 during the ↑Gulf War and to Iraq in 2003.

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