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[roh-den-shuh, -shee-uh, -tee-uh]
  1. the order comprising the rodents.
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Origin of Rodentia

< New Latin, equivalent to Latin rōdent- (stem of rōdēns), present participle of rōdere to gnaw (see -ent) + -ia -ia
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Examples from the Web for rodentia

Historical Examples of rodentia

  • All gnawing creatures, belonging to the Glirine or Rodentia order.

    Heads and Tales


  • In Rodentia the shoulder girdle is of a rather primitive type.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • They seem to connect together the Ungulata, Rodentia, and Carnivora.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • Thirdly, the relation of the living Edentata and Rodentia to the extinct species.

    Life of Charles Darwin

    G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany

  • Canine teeth are present in the majority of mammals, but are absent without a single exception from the jaws of the Rodentia.