Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A superfamily of simplicidentate rodents: one of three prime divisions of Glires simplicidentati, containing the murine rodents, the others being Hystricomorpha and Sciuromorpha. They have no postorbital processes, slender zygomatic arches, the angular part of the mandible springing from the lower edge of the incisor socket (except in Bathyerginæ), perfect clavicles (except in Lophiomyidæ), and the tibia and fibula ankylosed to some extent. Myomorpha include 9 families: Myoxidæ, dormice; Lophiomyidæ, skullcaps; Muridæ, mice and rats, etc.; Spalacidæ mole-rats; Geomyidæ, gophers; Saccomyidæ, pocket-rats and -mice; Theridomyidæ (fossil); Dipodidæ, jerboas; and Zapodidæ, jumping deer-mice. See cuts under mole-rat, Muridæ, Geomyidæ, and deer-mouse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) An extensive group of rodents which includes the rats, mice, jerboas, and many allied forms.
- n. true rats and mice and related rodents
“We have now closed our account of the Myomorpha or Mouse-like Rodents, and will proceed to the next Section, HYSTRICOMORPHA, or”
“The Simple-toothed Rodents are more numerous, and consist of about eighteen families arranged under three sections, which are _Sciuromorpha_, or Squirrel-like Rodents, _Myomorpha_ or”
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