Definition of hamster
: any of a subfamily (Cricetinae) of small Old World rodents having very large cheek pouches
Recent Examples of hamster from the Web
While the country is divided as an electorate, as a workforce many U.S. employees are stuck in the same financial hamster wheel.
Small mammals such as guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice love their hidey-holes.
Judging by Jeff Zevely from CBS8 will start at 9:30 a.m. The patriotic costume contest is free and open to all types of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, rabbits and hamsters.
Diplo crowd-surfs in a giant inflatable hamster ball, and projections on the big screen at the back of the stage blind fans.
Why watch hamsters when there is bigger game afoot?]
Human females, interestingly, have more neurons than a mouse or hamster but less than a macaque monkey.
His acts of violence started small—hitting a classmate in kindergarten—but quickly escalated: ripping the head off his favorite teddy bear, slashing the tires on the family car, starting fires, killing his sister’s hamster.
Hamsters, for example, can instead enter a torpid state that actually protects their cells from ageing over winter.
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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
First Known Use: 1607See Words from the same year
HAMSTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hamster for English Language Learners
: a small animal that is often kept as a pet
HAMSTER Defined for Kids
Definition of hamster for Students
: a stocky rodent with a short tail and large cheek pouches
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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