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[krahy-see-tid, -set-id, kri-]
noun Zoology.
  1. any of a diverse group of scampering, digging, or jumping rodents of the family Cricetidae, including the gerbils, hamsters, field mice, deer mice, voles, lemmings, muskrats, and several wood and field rats.
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Origin of cricetid

1955–60; < New Latin Cricetidae, equivalent to Cricet(us) a genus, including the common hamster (Medieval Latin: hamster, perhaps < Czech křeček) + -idae -id2
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