from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An African rodent of the genus Aulacodus, A. swinderianus. Also called ground-pig. See cut under Aulacodus.


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  • If they fail in securing their favored game, the guanaco, they capture a kind of ground-rat, or gather the snails and mussels of the beach; but the one grand aim of life is to hunt the guanaco.

    The Giant Indians of Tierra Del Fuego 1996

  • The poor parents by this time began to feel rather discouraged, but still they made up their minds to persevere and went on to look for the ground-rat.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas

  • They found him and offered him their daughter in marriage, but the ground-rat denied that he was the most powerful being on earth, the Musahars were more powerful for they lived by digging out ground-rats and eating them.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas

  • _Octodontidae_ the best known is the coypu of the Andes, one of the largest of the rodents, and the ground-rat or ground-pig of western and southern Africa.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon Robert Armitage Sterndale 1870

  • I won't forestall your complex, tragic fate, though you're a lying little ground-rat. "

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact 2004

  • The ground-rat is more powerful, for however high I may be the ground-rats burrow holes in me and I cannot resist them. "

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas


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