Definition of hamster in English:

hamster

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Pronunciation: /ˈhamstə
 
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noun

  • A solitary burrowing rodent with a short tail and large cheek pouches for carrying food, native to Europe and North 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)
    More 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 'corn weevil'.

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