from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. An order of mammals having two (rarely four) large incisor teeth in each jaw, distant from the molar teeth. The rats, squirrels, rabbits, marmots, and beavers belong to this order.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An order of ineducabilian placental diphyodont Mammalia; the gnawers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small gnawing animals: porcupines; rats; mice; squirrels; marmots; beavers; gophers; voles; hamsters; guinea pigs; agoutis
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I gained some 20-odd friends yesterday over my misadventures in rodentia.
The rabbit, together with the hares and conies, rats and mice, voles, squirrels, beavers, cavies, guineapigs is included in that order of the class of mammals which is called the rodentia, and is distinguished by the character of the incisor teeth from other orders of the class.
Without regret, audacious black squirrels inhabit upper Michigan and unionize the local rodentia.
Back in the civilized world the representatives of the rodentia had often been looked down upon, until they had helped to turn the tide against the Plated Folk at the battle of the Jo-Troom Pass.
There are plenty more capable R's willing to jump the SS Biblethumper for the Obama ship than there are rodentia like Lieberman who need to be stripped of their cheese and allowed to jump overboard on their own and hope Sister Sarah throws them a lifeline.
Being number 60 is meaningless if 60 is an untrustowrthy often off the reservation rodentia.
But this populist-sounding maxim turns out to have two meanings very much opposed to the surface reading: First, that while anyone can follow a recipe, it takes a special creative flair to be a true chef, and second, that these culinary übermenschen can, Horatio Alger style, rise from anywhere, even order rodentia — at least when not being stymied by meddling government health inspectors.
The 48 mammal species include Chacma baboon Papio cynocephalus ursinus, 5 species of carnivora including the blackbacked jackal Canis mesomelas, ardwolf Proteles cristatus and serval Felis serval, 11 species of artiodactyla and 16 species of rodentia, 11 of which last are endemic to South Africa.
“Damp, dark caverns are a paradise for rodentia,” the book warns at one point.
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