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lemming

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noun lem·ming \ˈle-miŋ\

Simple Definition of lemming

  • : a small animal that lives in northern areas of North America, Europe, and Asia

Full Definition of lemming

  1. :  any of various small short-tailed furry-footed rodents (as genera Lemmus and Dicrostonyx) of circumpolar distribution that are notable for population fluctuations and recurrent mass migrations

lem·ming·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of lemming

Norwegian


First Known Use: 1713

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