sea rat

See also: searat



sea rat (plural sea rats)

  1. A fish, the chimaera.
  2. (obsolete) A pirate.
    • c. 1619–22, Massinger, Philip, “A Very Woman”, in Gifford, William, editor, The Plays of Philip Massinger[1], Act 5, Scene 1, published 1845, page 461:
      And you the Neptunes of the sea; you shall / No more be sea-rats.


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for sea rat in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)