black rat

black rat
black rat n a rat of the genus Rattus (R. rattus) that infests houses and has been the chief vector of bubonic plague

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Rattus rattus, the European black rat and the one most commonly responsible for transmitting plague to humans by means of its flea Xenopsylla cheopis.

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