pack rat definition

  • noun:
    • some of various small united states rats associated with the genus Neotoma that harvest in or about their nests an excellent variety of tiny objects. Also referred to as trade rat, wood rat.
    • Western U.S. A petty thief.
    • casual A collector or accumulator of miscellaneous things.
    • Any of a number of little united states rats, regarding the genus Neotoma, which have bushy tails
    • A scavenger

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