hamster

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English[edit]

a dwarf hamster

Etymology[edit]

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’),[1] and of (2) Baltic *stara (compare Lithuanian stãras ‘ground squirrel’).[2][3]

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hamster (plural hamsters)

  1. Any of various Old-World rodent species belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae.
    1. 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?
  2. 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).

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  1. ^ Ernst Fraenkel, Litauisches etymologisches Wörterbuch, I-II (Heidelberg-Göttingen: Carl Winter and Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1962-1965), 212.
  2. ^ Wolfgang Pfeifer, ed., Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen, s.v. “Hamster” (Munich: Deutscher Taschenbucher Vertrag, 2005).
  3. ^ C.T. Onions, ed., Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology, s.v. “hamster” (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1996), 425.



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hamster m (plural hamsters, diminutive hamstertje n)

  1. hamster

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hamster

  1. first-person singular present indicative of hamsteren
  2. imperative of hamsteren

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hamster m (plural hamsters)

  1. hamster

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hamster

  1. Imperative singular of hamstern.

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hamster m (plural hamsters or hamsteres (rare))

  1. hamster (small, short-tailed European rodent)

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hamster c

  1. a hamster

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Turkish[edit]

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From English.

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  • IPA(key): [hamsteɾ]
  • Hyphenation: hams‧ter

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hamster (definite accusative hamsteri, plural hamsterler)

  1. (zoology, mammals, rodents) hamster

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