from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Muridæ, of the subfamily Cricetinæ, containing the hamsters proper, as C. vulgaris.
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- n. type genus of the Cricetidae: Old World hamsters
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Cricetus cricetus— 10 inches long and weighing a bit over a pound—is very different from its captive cousins.
There is a high diversity of rodents including ground squirrels (Citellus rufescens, C. erythrogenus), hamster (Cricetus cricetus), jerboa (Allactaga saltator), voles (Microtus oeconomus, Clethrionomys rutilus), and steppe lemming (Eremiomys lagurus).