- Especially, the golden hamster, Mesocricetus auratus, and the dwarf hamsters of genus Phodopus, often kept as a pets and used in scientific research.
It is the cutest sight to see a hamster stuff his puffy cheeks with food; where is it going to store it?
Other Word Forms
Origin of hamster
- German from Middle High German hamastra perhaps from Old High German hamustro of Slavic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 1607; from German Hamster, from Old High German hamastra, hamustro, from Old East Slavic хомѣсторъ (choměstorŭ), хомѣстаръ (choměstarŭ), compound of (1) хомѣкъ (choměkŭ) ‘hamster’ (compare Russian хомяк (chomják), Polish chomik), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *kāmia (compare Latvian kāmis ‘hamster’, Lithuanian kãmas ‘rat’), and of (2) Baltic *stara (compare Lithuanian stãras ‘ground squirrel’).