lemming

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noun lem·ming \ˈle-miŋ\

Definition of lemming

  1. :  any of various small short-tailed furry-footed rodents (as genera Lemmus and Dicrostonyx) of circumpolar distribution that are notable for population fluctuations and recurrent mass migrations

lemminglike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of lemming

Norwegian


First Known Use: 1713


LEMMING Defined for English Language Learners

lemming

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noun lem·ming \ˈle-miŋ\

Definition of lemming for English Language Learners

  • : a small animal that lives in northern areas of North America, Europe, and Asia


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