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

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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