Ratte (plural Rattes)
- Alternative form of
The consonantism ratta in Old High German (instead of *razza) is unexplained. One possible explanation is that the form was borrowed from Old Saxon ratta. The dialectal German variant Ratz could be reflective of an inherited Proto-Germanic form, an adaptation of the Old Saxon form, or (perhaps most likely) a later expressive derivative.
- “Ratte” in Duden online
- Kroonen, Guus (2013), “ratta”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN
- plural of