golden hamster

golden hamster

noun
a small light-colored hamster, Mesocricetus auratus, native to Asia Minor and familiar as a laboratory animal and pet. See illus. under hamster.
Also called Syrian hamster.


Origin:
1945–50

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golden hamster

a species of hamster commonly kept as a pet. Like other hamsters, it has a stout body with short, stocky legs and short, wide feet with small, sharp claws. The head has small, furry ears and huge internal cheek pouches that open inside the lips and extend to behind the shoulders. The tail is stubby and can be either white or pink.

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