- any of several short-tailed, stout-bodied, burrowing rodents, as Cricetus cricetus, of Europe and Asia, having large cheek pouches.
Origin of hamster
Examples from the Web for hamster
After seeing this trick with blocks and toys, children saw it performed with a hamster.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?
November 9, 2014
And in item 6c I get to list my dependents—three children, four dogs, six laying hens, two goldfish, and a hamster.Up to a Point: I Do My Own Taxes With No Help, Except From a Couple of Bloody Marys
P. J. O’Rourke
April 15, 2014
Kim Jong Un, a hamster in the snake pit of the regime, has just created a new adversary.Kim Jong Un Purges No. 2, Jang Song Thaek
Gordon G. Chang
December 5, 2013
Sure, it's a billion times more than the first computer had, but it's still not much more than the computing power of a hamster.The Robots Are Coming!
May 14, 2013
German Hamster: Cricetus cricetus, the black-bellied hamster.
The European hamster is at least twice the size of the Syrian or golden hamster.
Among these the Hamster of Germany (Cricetus frumentarius) is not the least ingenious.The Industries of Animals
The Nipe is far from being so simple as a monkey or a hamster.
A hamster, for example, cannot choose to behave in the manner of a rhesus monkey.
- any Eurasian burrowing rodent of the tribe Cricetini, such as Mesocricetus auratus (golden hamster), having a stocky body, short tail, and cheek pouches: family Cricetidae. They are popular pets
Word Origin and History for hamster
c.1600, from German Hamster, from Middle High German hamastra "hamster," probably from Old Church Slavonic chomestoru "hamster" (the animal is native to southeastern Europe), perhaps a blend of Russian chomiak and Lithuanian staras, both meaning "hamster." The older English name for it was German rat.