Definition of moonrat in English:



  • A shy insectivorous mammal of the hedgehog family, with a long snout and ratlike appearance, native to Southeast Asia and China.

    Also called gymnure

    Subfamily Galericinae, family Erinaceidae: several genera and species, in particular Echinosorex gymnurus

    ‘Moist forests, mangrove swamps, and wet farmlands are the typical habitats of Malayan moonrats.’
    • ‘Both hedgehogs and moonrats are geared strictly for eating insects and other small invertebrates, especially earthworms.’
    • ‘The moonrat is notorious for its characteristic onion or rotten-garlic odor.’
    • ‘A moonrat, a member of the hedgehog family, forages for food among leaf litter.’



/ˈmo͞onrat/ /ˈmunræt/