hamster

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noun ham·ster \ˈham(p)-stər\

Definition of hamster

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

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


First Known Use: 1607


HAMSTER Defined for English Language Learners

hamster

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noun ham·ster \ˈham(p)-stər\

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

  1. :  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

  1. :  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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