noun ham·ster \ˈham(p)-stər\

: a small animal that is often kept as a pet

Full Definition of HAMSTER

:  any of a subfamily (Cricetinae) of small Old World rodents having very large cheek pouches

Origin of HAMSTER

German, from Old High German hamustro, of Slavic origin; akin to Old Russian choměstorŭ hamster, of Iranian origin; akin to Avestan hamaēstar- oppressor
First Known Use: 1607
HAMSTER Defined for Kids


noun ham·ster \ˈham-stər\

Definition of HAMSTER for Kids

:  a stocky rodent with a short tail and large cheek pouches
Medical Dictionary


noun ham·ster \ˈham(p)-stər\

Medical Definition of HAMSTER

:  any of numerous Old World rodents (Cricetus or a related genus) having very large cheek pouches and including several used as laboratory animals


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