Origin of rodent
Examples from the Web for rodent
She paints the current rodent situation as more than a foul inconvenience, and one that is a particular blight on poorer areas.
Or once in a while the rodent will spread infection by biting causing a disease called, chillingly enough, rat bite fever.
It happens now and then that a rodent animal meets with an accident and breaks off one of its front teeth.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
The rodent city was a glowing expanse of shallow, crystalline domes, set among odd, scrub trees and bushes.The Eternal Wall|Raymond Zinke Gallun
Powell let his jaw drop slack and open, and stiffened his body in imitation of the stupor the rodent drug victims had shown.Devil Crystals of Arret|Hal K. Wells
Each trap that had held a rodent had been turned upside down so that the door had opened.Mammals of the San Gabriel Mountains of California|Terry A. Vaughan
I started to pull out the smaller drawer very carefully so that the rodent should not make his escape.The Flying Bo'sun|Arthur Mason
British Dictionary definitions for rodent
- 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
- (as modifier)rodent characteristics
Word Origin for rodent
Word Origin and History for rodent
1835 (as an adjective 1833), from Modern Latin Rodentia, the order name, from Latin rodentem (nominative rodens), present participle of rodere "to gnaw, eat away," from PIE root *red- "to scrape, scratch, gnaw" (cf. Sanskrit radati "scrapes, gnaws," radanah "tooth;" Latin radere "to scrape;" Welsh rhathu "scrape, polish"). Uncertain connection to Old English rætt (see rat (n.)).