any of several New and Old World colubrid snakes, of the genus Elaphe, that feed chiefly on small mammals and birds.
any of various nonvenomous rodent-eating colubrid snakes, such as Elaphe obsoleta of North America and Ptyas mucosus of Asia
- Rat someone out
verb phrase To betray or inform on someone; RAT ON someone: My little brother ratted me out, though (1990s+)
[rat-teyl] /ˈrætˌteɪl/ noun 1. (def 4). noun 1. another name for grenadier (sense 2) 2. 3. a style of spoon in which the line of the handle is prolonged in a tapering moulding along the back of the bowl 4. a kind of woodworking or metalworking file n. also rat’s-tail, used since 16c. of conditions […]
- Rat-tail cactus
noun 1. a cactus, Aporocactus flagelliformis, of Mexico, having slim, cylindrical stems that are easily trained into strange designs, and crimson flowers.
- Rat-tailed maggot
[rat-teyld] /ˈrætˌteɪld/ noun 1. the aquatic larva of any of several syrphid flies of the genus Eristalis, that breathes through a long, thin tube at the posterior end of its body.