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[rohd-nt] /ˈroʊd nt/
belonging or pertaining to the gnawing or nibbling mammals of the order Rodentia, including the mice, squirrels, beavers, etc.
a rodent mammal.
Origin of rodent
1825-35; < New Latin Rodentia Rodentia
Related forms
rodentlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • Although smaller than the rodent, the ferret has a clever way of suffocating the dogs down their holes.
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  • But always that jerky twitching, always that smacking of rodent lips.
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  • Researchers use a running rodent to test their device.
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British Dictionary definitions for rodent


  1. any of the relatively small placental mammals that constitute the order Rodentia, having constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing. The group includes porcupines, rats, mice, squirrels, marmots, etc
  2. (as modifier): rodent characteristics
Derived Forms
rodent-like, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin rōdere to gnaw, corrode
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Word Origin and History for rodent

1835 (as an adjective 1833), from Modern Latin Rodentia, the order name, from Latin rodentem (nominative rodens), present participle of rodere "to gnaw, eat away," from PIE root *red- "to scrape, scratch, gnaw" (cf. Sanskrit radati "scrapes, gnaws," radanah "tooth;" Latin radere "to scrape;" Welsh rhathu "scrape, polish"). Uncertain connection to Old English rætt (see rat (n.)).

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rodent in Science
Any of various very numerous, mostly small mammals of the order Rodentia, having large front teeth used for gnawing. The teeth grow throughout the animal's life, and are kept from getting too long by gnawing. Rodents make up about half the living species of mammals, and include rats, mice, beavers, squirrels, lemmings, shrews, and hamsters.
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