wood_rat
1. [ noun ] (zoology) any of various small short-tailed rodents of the northern hemisphere having soft fur gray above and white below with well-furred tails and large ears; some are hosts for Ixodes pacificus and Ixodes scapularis (Lyme disease ticks)
Synonyms: wood-rat woodrat
Related terms: rodent packrat vole eastern_woodrat Cricetidae
Similar spelling:   woodrat
  wood-rat
  Woodard