rodent

[ rohd-nt ]
/ ˈroʊd nt /

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the gnawing or nibbling mammals of the order Rodentia, including the mice, squirrels, beavers, etc.

noun

a rodent mammal.

Origin of rodent

1825–35; < New Latin Rodentia Rodentia

Related forms

ro·dent·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rodent

rodent

/ (ˈrəʊdənt) /

noun

  1. any of the relatively small placental mammals that constitute the order Rodentia, having constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing. The group includes porcupines, rats, mice, squirrels, marmots, etc
  2. (as modifier)rodent characteristics

Derived Forms

rodent-like, adjective

Word Origin for rodent

C19: from Latin rōdere to gnaw, corrode
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Science definitions for rodent

rodent

[ rōdnt ]

Any of various very numerous, mostly small mammals of the order Rodentia, having large front teeth used for gnawing. The teeth grow throughout the animal's life, and are kept from getting too long by gnawing. Rodents make up about half the living species of mammals, and include rats, mice, beavers, squirrels, lemmings, shrews, and hamsters.
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