rodent

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noun ro·dent \ˈrō-dənt\

Definition of rodent

  1. 1 :  any of an order (Rodentia) of relatively small gnawing mammals (such as a mouse, squirrel, or beaver) that have in both jaws a single pair of incisors with a chisel-shaped edge

  2. 2 :  a small mammal (such as a rabbit or a shrew) other than a true rodent

rodent

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Origin and Etymology of rodent

borrowed from the base of New Latin Rodentia, order name, from neuter plural of Latin rōdent-, rōdens, present participle of rōdere “to gnaw, nibble, eat away,” perhaps going back to Indo-European *Hr̥h3d-, *Hreh3d-, whence also Hittite ardu- “saw (off),” Sanskrit rádati “(s/he) bites, gnaws, cuts, opens”


RODENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of rodent for English Language Learners

  • : a small animal (such as a mouse, rat, squirrel, or beaver) that has sharp front teeth


RODENT Defined for Kids

rodent

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noun ro·dent \ˈrō-dənt\

Definition of rodent for Students

  1. :  a usually small mammal (as a squirrel, rat, mouse, or beaver) with sharp front teeth used in gnawing


Medical Dictionary

rodent

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noun ro·dent \ˈrōd-ənt\

Medical Definition of rodent

  1. :  any mammal (as a mouse or rat) of the order Rodentia

rodent

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