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Remember that the beginning of hamster is spelled ham-.
- 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)
early 17th century: from German, from Old High German hamustro 'weevil'