hámster m (plural hámsters)
From English hamster, from German Hamster, from Old High German hamustra (“field-mouse”), from Old Church Slavonic хомѣсторъ (chomĕstorŭ), a tautological hybrid of the Proto-Slavic roots *xoměkъ (compare Russian хомяк (xomják, “hamster”)) and *storъ (compare Lithuanian stãras (“hamster”)).
An alternative etymology traces Old High German hamustra, hamustro to Proto-Germanic *hamustrōn (“hamster”), from Proto-Indo-European *kam- (“a kind of rodent”), making it cognate to the Old Church Slavonic word, and to Lithuanian kãmas (“rodent, rat”). Akin to Old Saxon hamustra (“hamster”).
hámster m (plural hámster)