hamster

[ ham-ster ]
/ ˈhæm stər /
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noun

any of several short-tailed, stout-bodied, burrowing rodents, as Cricetus cricetus, of Europe and Asia, having large cheek pouches.

Origin of hamster

1600–10; < German; compare Old High German hamastro, Old Saxon hamstra weevil
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hamster

/ (ˈhæmstə) /

noun

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 for hamster

C17: from German, from Old High German hamustro, of Slavic origin
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