American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small Eurasian rodent of the subfamily Cricetinae, especially Mesocricetus auratus, having large cheek pouches and a short tail and often kept as a pet or used in laboratory research.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A murine or myomorphic rodent quadruped, of the family Muridœ and subfamily Cricetinæ, and of one of the genera Cricetus, Cricetomys, and Saccostomus. They are furnished with cheek-pouches, which are the principal distinctive character of the group in comparison with other Muridæ. The common hamster, Cricetus frumentarius, inhabits parts of Europe and Asia. It is a stout little animal about 10 inches long, with a short hairy tail. It is variegated in color (black on the under parts), burrows deeply in the ground, stores its galleries with grain, and hibernates during the colder months. It is very prolific, and readily breeds in confinement. The fur is poor, short, and coarse, but is sometimes used for the lining of cloaks. The other genera above named are African.
- n. Some other pouched rodent, as of the genus Geomys, more or less resembling a hamster.
- n. A small, short-tailed Euroasian rodent, Cricetus frumentarius, often kept as a pet. It is remarkable for having a pouch on each side of the jaw, under the skin, and for its migrations.
- n. zoology Any of various Old-world rodent species belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A small European rodent (Cricetus frumentarius). It is remarkable for having a pouch on each side of the jaw, under the skin, and for its migrations. Hamsters are commonly kept as a pets.
- n. short-tailed Old World burrowing rodent with large cheek pouches
- 1607; from German Hamster, from Old High German hamastra, hamustro, from Old East Slavic хомѣсторъ (choměstorŭ), хомѣстаръ (choměstarŭ), compound of (1) хомѣкъ (choměkŭ) ‘hamster’ (compare Russian хомяк (chomják), Polish chomik), from Balto-Slavic *kā̂mia (compare Latvian kāmis ‘hamster’, Lithuanian kãmas ‘rat’), and of (2) Baltic *stara (compare Lithuanian stãras ‘ground squirrel’). (Wiktionary)
- German, from Middle High German hamastra, perhaps from Old High German hamustro, of Slavic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That hamster is obsessed with danger a wee bit too much.”
“The case of the Syrian hamster is more complicated.”
“In the opposite corner, another hamster is backed up against the glass, feet kicking as he searches for an escape that Hamster already knows will not come.”
“Instead, the hamster is now in the snake's cage, as you'll see if you click on the link.”
“Uranyl acetate induces hprt mutations and uranium-DNA adducts in Chinese hamster ovaries.”
“The interaction between citalopram and Kv1. 5 expressed in Chinese hamster ovary cells was studied using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique.”
“Kedinger C, Simard R (1974) The alpha-amanitin on RNA synthesis in Chinese hamster ovary cells.”
“Montelukast demonstrated no evidence of mutagenic or clastogenic activity in the following assays: the microbial mutagenesis assay, the V-79 mammalian cell mutagenesis assay, the alkaline elution assay in rat hepatocytes, the chromosomal aberration assay in Chinese hamster ovary cells, and in the in vivo mouse bone marrow chromosomal aberration assay.”
“We have shown previously that AT1 receptor (AT1R) stimulation leads to diacylglycerol lipase-mediated transactivation of co-expressed CB1Rs in Chinese hamster ovary cells.”
“Reynolds JE, Yang T, Qian L, Jenkinson JD, Zhou P, et al. (1994) Mcl-1, a member of the Bcl-2 family, delays apoptosis induced by c-Myc overexpression in Chinese hamster ovary cells.”
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Nouns that end in "ster". The -er suffix (as in blaster) doesn't count.
Mostly... rodentia... of course. Thinking of them in this way adds a comforting layer of abstraction.
Another news story about words being removed from a dictionary before their time. See also the list of words added to the dictionary.
need to learn these words!!!!!!!!
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