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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The marketing campaign involved an imaginary Framily called the Frobinsons led by a talking hamster played by Andrew Dice Clay. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Here’s the highlight reel now-former Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure made of his four years," 31 May 2018 In this wordless graphic novel-style picture book, Grace’s class wants a new hamster. Maria Russo, New York Times, "Standout New Picture Books," 9 Mar. 2018 Pet owners can enter their dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters and other non-human family members in the eighth annual Larry Himmel Patriotic Pet Contest. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "Fair, parade and fireworks returning to Rancho Bernardo," 28 June 2018 Nearby, faire-goers were shaving ice for their own snow cones by jogging inside a giant hamster wheel. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Fire, hammers and robots: Maker Faire Kansas City takes over Union Station," 23 June 2018 At Henry Park, the Fun Zone will provide a variety of activities for kids, including bounce houses, laser tag, a double slide, mini golf, hamster balls, and more. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "'July In The Sky' Set For July 10," 2 July 2018 Rats that don’t come from the depths of the New York City subway are clean, social, interactive, smart and great groomers. Plus, rats are far less likely to bite their owners than hamsters. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "WATCH: Animal-Loving Kids Try to Stump This Expert Vet with Their Wild Pet Questions," 6 June 2018 Bieber Bandz The hot toy of the year is often a trial to most mothers (Kung-Zhu pet hamster going rogue, anyone?) but the introduction of Silly Bandz this year trumps all past offerings. Redbook, "The Worst Moments for Moms in 2010," 30 Dec. 2010 Officers found 41 deceased animals, including rabbits, snakes, hermit crabs, tarantulas, hamsters, mice and fish. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Pet store was closed for maintenance. 41 animals were dead inside, Illinois cops say," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of hamster

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hamster

German, from Old High German hamustro, of Slavic origin; akin to Old Russian choměstorŭ hamster, of Iranian origin; akin to Avestan hamaēstar- oppressor

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The first known use of hamster was in 1607

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English Language Learners Definition of hamster

: a small animal that is often kept as a pet


ham·​ster | \ˈham-stər \

Kids Definition of hamster

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


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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