[krahy-see-tid, -set-id, kri-]
- 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.
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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