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cricetid

noun cri·ce·tid \krī-ˈsē-təd, -ˈse-\

Definition of CRICETID

:  any of a family (Cricetidae) of small rodents including the hamsters, voles, lemmings, gerbils, and New World rats and mice that are often grouped with the murids
cricetid adjective
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Origin of CRICETID

ultimately from New Latin Cricetus, genus name, of Slavic origin; akin to Czech křeček hamster
First Known Use: 1960

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