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Origin of hamster
Words nearby hamster
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Where does the word hamster come from?
The name for those adorable, fluffy, little chipmunk-cheeked rodents known as hamsters hails from German. Hamster was borrowed directly from the German Hamster in the early 1600s.
Now that you know how hamsters got their name, why not find out how some of our other most beloved pets got theirs in the slideshow: “Where Do The Words For Our Pets Come From?”
Did you know … ?
Incredibly, Syrian hamsters kept as pets today trace their ancestry—um, “hamcestry”?—back to a single female wild hamster that was caught in Aleppo, Syria, in 1930, which was then bred and spread around the world.
Example sentences 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?|Vlad Chituc|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Kim Jong Un, a hamster in the snake pit of the regime, has just created a new adversary.
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.
German Hamster: Cricetus cricetus, the black-bellied hamster.The Rambles of a Rat|A. L. O. E.
He asked the Hamster to take him there at once, for, here, his heart was breaking with grief.Little Tom|V. Tille
There are various kinds of rats, and one of these is the Hamster, of the genus Cricetus of Cuvier.
"Gopher," "pouched rat," "hamster," and "muelos" are some of the titles by which he is locally known.
This ferocious disposition prevents the hamster from being at peace with any animal whatever.