Rodent meaning

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Rodent is defined as a small mammal that has a pair of incisor teeth that are constantly growing and that are used for gnawing.

A rat is an example of a rodent.

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Any of a very large order (Rodentia) of gnawing mammals, including rats, mice, squirrels, and beavers, characterized by constantly growing incisors adapted for gnawing or nibbling; esp., in popular usage, a rat or mouse.
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The definition of rodent is something gnawing, or something related to a small mammal with constantly growing incisor teeth used for gnawing.

A trap intended to capture a mouse or a rat is an example of a rodent trap.

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Gnawing.
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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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A mammal of the order Rodentia, characterized by long incisors that grow continuously and are worn down by gnawing.
  • 2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News", American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193:"Š.
    Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola. A recent study explored the ecological variables that may contribute to bats' propensity to harbor such zoonotic diseases by comparing them with another order of common reservoir hosts: rodents.
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Any of various mammals of the order Rodentia, such as a mouse, rat, squirrel, or beaver, characterized by large incisors used for gnawing or nibbling.
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Of or like a rodent or rodents.
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Any of various mammals of the order Rodentia, such as a mouse, rat, squirrel, or beaver, characterized by large incisors used for gnawing or nibbling.
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Gnawing; biting; corroding; applied to a destructive variety of cancer or ulcer.
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Origin of rodent

  • From New Latin Rōdentia order name from Latin rōdēns rōdent- present participle of rōdere to gnaw rēd- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Latin rōdÄ“ns (“gnawer; one who gnaws"), present participle of rōdō (“I gnaw").

    From Wiktionary