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golden hamster

a small light-colored hamster, Mesocricetus auratus, native to Asia Minor and familiar as a laboratory animal and pet.
Also called Syrian hamster.
Origin of golden hamster
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The European hamster is at least twice the size of the Syrian or golden hamster.

    The Rambles of a Rat

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