Lemming meaning

lĕmĭng
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Any of various small, thickset rodents of the subfamily Arvicolinae, especially of the genus Lemmus, inhabiting northern regions and known for periodic mass migrations.
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Any of various small, mostly arctic rodents (family Cricetidae) resembling mice but having short tails and fur-covered feet: some species (esp. genus Lemmus) undertake mass migrations at peaks of population growth.
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Origin of lemming

  • Norwegian from Old Norse læmingi, læmingr

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition