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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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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

n.

c.1600, from German Hamster, from Middle High German hamastra "hamster," probably from Old Church Slavonic chomestoru "hamster" (the animal is native to southeastern Europe), perhaps a blend of Russian chomiak and Lithuanian staras, both meaning "hamster." The older English name for it was German rat.

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HAMSTeRS

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