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

noun Zoology.

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.

Nearby words

  1. cribrate,
  2. cribration,
  3. cribriform,
  4. cribrum,
  5. cribwork,
  6. crichton,
  7. crichton, james,
  8. crick,
  9. crick, francis h. c.,
  10. crick, francis harry compton

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019