There are several words ending in "-ine" that can be used to make comparisons to animals. These include equine (resembling a horse), canine (resembling a dog), vulpine (resembling a fox) and porcine (resembling a pig).

Is there a word with the same ending that means resembling a rat?

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Yes, there is murine which appears to be used mainly in academic papers:

of or relating to a murid genus (Mus) or its subfamily (Murinae) which includes the common household rats and mice.


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    Now I want to know how the Murine Ear Wax Removal drops got its name. – Barmar Jun 27 '19 at 14:51
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    @Barmar - from the chemical formula “murinate of barberine” when the brand was created, initially for eye remedy drops. google.com/amp/s/reginajeffers.blog/2017/04/06/… – user121863 Jun 27 '19 at 16:17
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    And yet the advertising slogan for Murine eye drops isn't "It gets the rat out!" – Sven Yargs Jun 27 '19 at 17:52
  • You can find lots more at phrontistery.info/genitive.html – Phil M Jones Jun 28 '19 at 10:15
  • Dang, been holding on to this one for a long time. Someone finally asks and I miss my chance! – Dave Kanter Jun 29 '19 at 3:19

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