cricetid

noun
cri·​ce·​tid | \ krī-ˈsē-təd How to pronounce cricetid (audio) , -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

Other Words from cricetid

cricetid adjective

First Known Use of cricetid

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cricetid

ultimately from New Latin Cricetus, genus name, of Slavic origin; akin to Czech křeček hamster

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“Cricetid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cricetid. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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