Pack-rat definition

Any of various small rodents of the genus Neotoma of North and Central America that collect in or around their nests a great variety of small objects.
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(western us) A petty thief.
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(informal) A collector or accumulator of miscellaneous objects.
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Any of a genus (Neotoma) of North American rats that often carry off and hide small articles in their nests.
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(informal) A person who habitually saves unneeded, miscellaneous items.
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Any of several small North American rodents, of the genus Neotoma, that have bushy tails.
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(informal) A scavenger.
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Alternative spelling of pack rat.
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Noun

Singular:
pack-rat
Plural:
pack-rats