Origin of lemming
Examples from the Web for lemming
“You become a lemming in a big scary world,” says Zbitnoff of making the transition.Katie Might Be Able to Leave Tom—but Divorcing Scientology Won’t Be Easy|Eliza Shapiro|July 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The fabulous amaroq and avignaq of the Greenlanders are unknown, but the terms denote real animals, the wolf and the lemming.The Central Eskimo|Franz Boas
The Lemming multiplies with great rapidity under favourable conditions.The History of the European Fauna|R. F. Scharff
A new theory has been broached to explain the migrations of the Norway lemming, a variety of field mouse.
British Dictionary definitions for lemming
Word Origin for lemming
Word Origin and History for lemming
small arctic rodent, c.1600, from Norwegian lemming, from Old Norse lomundr "lemming." Perhaps from Lapp luomek. Figurative sense (in reference to their mass migrations that sometimes end in plunges into the sea) is from 1958.