Origin of rodent
Examples from the Web for rodents
Another week, he caught scores of the rodents that had been conducting raids on vegetables.
Promising work has been completed in rodents but none yet has been reported in primates.
Snakes, lizards, rodents, fish, spiders, crickets—all inside an apartment no larger than a hotel suite.The Weird Underground World of Urban Animal Husbandry|Dale Eisinger|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The initial study was based on observations of tumors in only 18 rodents and one rabbit.
This is a task where some rodents are at least as good as humans.Are You Smarter Than a Mouse? Excerpt from Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power|Dan Hurley|January 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A study of the effect of rodents on plants used by deer was initiated in 1956 by Harold R. Shepherd.Mammals of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado|Sydney Anderson
These animals are, too, the only rodents which have well developed deciduous incisors.The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
Hunters and dog ran in vain; these rodents escaped them easily.The Mysterious Island|Jules Verne
In reference to the ectozoa of rodents it may be said that they are very numerous.Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
The escape of the two mice was a signal for the assembling students to begin a chase after the rodents.The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck|Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for rodents
- 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 rodents
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.)).