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hamster

[ham-ster] /ˈhæm stər/
noun
1.
any of several short-tailed, stout-bodied, burrowing rodents, as Cricetus cricetus, of Europe and Asia, having large cheek pouches.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < German; compare Old High German hamastro, Old Saxon hamstra weevil
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British Dictionary definitions for hamsters

hamster

/ˈhæmstə/
noun
1.
any Eurasian burrowing rodent of the tribe Cricetini, such as Mesocricetus auratus (golden hamster), having a stocky body, short tail, and cheek pouches: family Cricetidae. They are popular pets
Word Origin
C17: from German, from Old High German hamustro, of Slavic origin
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Word Origin and History for hamsters
hamster
1607, from Ger. Hamster, from M.H.G. hamastra "hamster," probably from O.C.S. chomestoru "hamster" (the animal is native to S.E. Europe), perhaps a blend of Rus. chomiak and Lith. staras, both meaning "hamster." The older Eng. name for it was German rat.
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HAMSTeRS

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