[krahy-see-tid, -set-id, kri-]
noun Zoology.
any of a diverse group of scampering, digging, or jumping rodents of the family Cricetidae, including the gerbils, hamsters, field mice, deer mice, voles, lemmings, muskrats, and several wood and field rats.

1955–60; < Neo-Latin Cricetidae, equivalent to Cricet(us) a genus, including the common hamster (Medieval Latin: hamster, perhaps < Czech křeček) + -idae -id2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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