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rodent

[rohd-nt] /ˈroʊd nt/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the gnawing or nibbling mammals of the order Rodentia, including the mice, squirrels, beavers, etc.
noun
2.
a rodent mammal.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Neo-Latin Rodentia Rodentia
Related forms
rodentlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rodents

rodent

/ˈrəʊdənt/
noun
1.
  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 rodents

rodent

n.

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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rodents in Science
rodent
  (rōd'nt)   
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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