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Hamster

HAM'STER

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Noun.
A species of rat, the Mus cricetus, or German marmot. This rat is of the size of the water rat, but is of a browner color,and its belly and legs of a dirty yellow. It is remarkable for two bags, like those of a baboon, on each side of the jaw, under the skin, in which it conveys grain, peas and acorns to its winter residence.

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Hamster

Hamster

See also: hamster, hámster, hàmster, and hâmster

German

Noun

Hamster m (genitive Hamsters, plural Hamster)

  1. hamster

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Luxembourgish

Noun

Hamster m (plural Hamsteren)

  1. hamster

hamster

hamster

See also: Hamster, hámster, hàmster, and hâmster

English

a dwarf hamster

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Noun

hamster (plural hamsters)

  1. Any of various Old-World rodent species belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae.
    1. especially, the golden hamster, Mesocricetus auratus, and the dwarf hamsters of genus Phodopus, often kept as a pets and used in scientific research.
    It is the cutest sight to see a hamster stuff his puffy cheeks with food; where is it going to store it?
  2. Other rodents of similar appearance, such as the maned hamster or crested hamster, Lophiomys imhausi, mouse-like hamsters of genus Calomyscus, and the white-tailed rat (Mystromys albicaudatus).

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References

  1. Ernst Fraenkel, Litauisches etymologisches Wörterbuch, I-II (Heidelberg-Göttingen: Carl Winter and Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1962-1965), 212.
  2. Wolfgang Pfeifer, ed., Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen, s.v. “Hamster” (Munich: Deutscher Taschenbucher Vertrag, 2005).
  3. C.T. Onions, ed., Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology, s.v. “hamster” (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1996), 425.

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɦɑmstər/

Noun

hamster m (plural hamsters, diminutive hamstertje n)

  1. hamster

Verb

hamster

  1. first-person singular present indicative of hamsteren
  2. imperative of hamsteren

French

Pronunciation

  • (aspirated h) IPA(key): /am.stɛʁ/
  • (Quebec) IPA(key): /am.stɚ/

Noun

hamster m (plural hamsters)

  1. hamster

German

Verb

hamster

  1. Imperative singular of hamstern.

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From German Hamster

Noun

hamster m (definite singular hamsteren, indefinite plural hamstere or hamstre or hamstrer, definite plural hamsterne or hamstrene)

  1. a hamster

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From German Hamster

Noun

hamster m (definite singular hamsteren, indefinite plural hamsterar, definite plural hamsterane)

  1. a hamster

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Portuguese

Alternative forms

Noun

hamster m (plural hamsters or hamsteres (rare))

  1. hamster (small, short-tailed European rodent)

Swedish

Noun

hamster c

  1. a hamster

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Turkish

Etymology

From English.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [hamsteɾ]
  • Hyphenation: hams‧ter

Noun

hamster (definite accusative hamsteri, plural hamsterler)

  1. (zoology, mammals, rodents) hamster

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