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[krahy-see-tid, -set-id, kri-] /kraɪˈsi tɪd, -ˈsɛt ɪd, krɪ-/
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.
Origin of cricetid
1955-60; < New 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. 2015.
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  • Remains of small cricetid rodent were not considered among the food animal bones.

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