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noun ham·ster \ ˈham(p)-stər \

Definition of hamster

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

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Origin and Etymology 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


HAMSTER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of hamster for English Language Learners

  • : a small animal that is often kept as a pet


HAMSTER Defined for Kids

hamster

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noun ham·ster \ ˈham-stər \

Definition of hamster for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

hamster

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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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