from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. Resembling or related to the hamster; specifically, of or pertaining to the Cricetinae.
The New World possesses not a single indigenous representative of the true rats and mice of the Old World, all of the American members of the family belonging either to the Cricetine or to the closely-allied Microtine subfamily.
The voles together with their near allies the lemmings and the musquash, constitute a group closely allied to the Cricetines, but distinguished by the peculiar character of their molar teeth.
This word comes from the Latin ‘cricetus,’ hamster.