Definition of hamster in English:

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hamster

Pronunciation: /ˈhamstər/

noun

A solitary burrowing rodent with a short tail and large cheek pouches for carrying food, native to Europe and northern Asia.
  • Subfamily Cricetinae, family Muridae: several genera and species, in particular the golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus), often kept as a pet or laboratory animal, and the common hamster (Cricetus cricetus).
Example sentences
  • Most people are familiar with mice, rats, hamsters, and guinea pigs, which are commonly kept as pets.
  • Donkeys, dogs, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, parrots and newts are most likely to get a present.
  • In case you ever have a problem identifying rodents again, hamsters are cute and stuff food into their cheeks.

Origin

Early 17th century: from German, from Old High German hamustro 'weevil'.

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Syllabification: ham·ster

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