Origin of hamsterGerman from Old High German hamustro, probably from Old Church Slavonic chom?stor? from or akin to Iranian hama?star, one who knocks down
Origin of hamsterGerman from Middle High German hamastra perhaps from Old High German hamustro of Slavic origin
- Any of various Old-World rodent species belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae.
- 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 rodents of similar appearance, such as the maned hamster or crested hamster, Lophiomys imhausi, mouse-like hamsters of genus Calomyscus, and the white-tailed rat (Mystromys albicaudatus).
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’).
- Children should be cautioned not to place wheels near their hair, fingers or clothing, as they can become tangled in the wheels or pinched between the wheel and the hamster body.
- You can watch how each hamster reacts differently to each area of the toy, and how they zoom around and seemingly make decisions on their own as to where to go and what to do.
- The skin of the hamster is of some value, and its flesh is used as food.
- HAMSTER, a European mammal of the order Rodentia, scientifically known as Cricetus frumentarius (or C. cicetus), and belonging to the mouse tribe, Muridae, in which it typifies the sub-family Cricetinae.
- The burrow of the young hamster is only about a foot in depth, while that of the adult descends 4 or 5 ft.