lagomorph

noun

lago·​morph ˈla-gə-ˌmȯrf How to pronounce lagomorph (audio)
: any of an order (Lagomorpha) of gnawing herbivorous mammals having two pairs of incisors in the upper jaw one behind the other and comprising the rabbits, hares, and pikas

Examples of lagomorph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arctic hares are the largest wild lagomorph — family of rabbits, hares and pikas — in the world. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Feb. 2023 According to Hayley Lanier, assistant curator for mammals at the Sam Noble Museum in Oklahoma and co-chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's lagomorph specialist group, the disease can cause up to 90% mortality. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2021 Getting to that lunar lagomorph would prove tough, though. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, 14 May 2018

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Word History

Etymology

ultimately from Greek lagōs hare + morphē form

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lagomorph was in 1882

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“Lagomorph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lagomorph. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

lagomorph

noun
lago·​morph ˈlag-ə-ˌmȯrf How to pronounce lagomorph (audio)
: any of an order of plant-eating gnawing mammals having two pairs of incisor teeth in the upper jaw one behind the other and including the rabbits, hares, and pikas

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