noun ro·dent \ˈrō-dənt\

: a small animal (such as a mouse, rat, squirrel, or beaver) that has sharp front teeth

Full Definition of RODENT

:  any of an order (Rodentia) of relatively small gnawing mammals (as a mouse, squirrel, or beaver) that have in both jaws a single pair of incisors with a chisel-shaped edge
:  a small mammal (as a rabbit or a shrew) other than a true rodent
rodent adjective

Origin of RODENT

ultimately from Latin rodent-, rodens, present participle of rodere to gnaw; akin to Latin radere to scrape, scratch, Sanskrit radati he gnaws
First Known Use: 1835


noun ro·dent \ˈrōd-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RODENT

:  any mammal (as a mouse or rat) of the order Rodentia
rodent adjective


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