hamster

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English[edit]

a dwarf hamster

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Hamster, from Middle High German hamster, from Old High German hamastra, hamustro (compare Old Saxon hamustra (agricultural pest)), probably from Old East Slavic хомѣсторъ (xoměstorŭ), хомѣстаръ (xoměstarŭ), compound of (1) хомѣкъ (xoměkŭ, hamster) (compare Russian хомя́к (xomják), Polish chomik), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *kāmjas (compare Latvian kāmis (hamster), Lithuanian kãmas (rat),[1] and of (2) Baltic *staras (compare Lithuanian stãras (ground squirrel).[2][3] Alternatively, a borrowing into Slavic from Iranian, compare Avestan 𐬵𐬀𐬨𐬀𐬉𐬯𐬙𐬀𐬭- (hamaēstar-, who throws down (in this case: corn stalks), oppresses).[4] Displaced earlier term German rat.

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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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References[edit]

  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.
  4. ^ "Hamster" in: Wolfgang Pfeifer (ed.), Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen (2nd ed. 1993).

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Dutch[edit]

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hamster m (plural hamsters, diminutive hamstertje n)

  1. hamster

Verb[edit]

hamster

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

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hamster m (plural hamsters)

  1. hamster

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German[edit]

Verb[edit]

hamster

  1. Imperative singular of hamstern.

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

Etymology[edit]

From German Hamster

Noun[edit]

hamster m (definite singular hamsteren, indefinite plural hamstere or hamstre or hamstrer, definite plural hamsterne or hamstrene)

  1. a hamster

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

From German Hamster

Noun[edit]

hamster m (definite singular hamsteren, indefinite plural hamsterar, definite plural hamsterane)

  1. a hamster

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Portuguese[edit]

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Noun[edit]

hamster m (plural hamsters or hamsteres (rare))

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

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English hamster.

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hamster m (plural hamsteri)

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

hamster c

  1. a hamster

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Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English hamster.

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

hamster (definite accusative hamsteri, plural hamsterler)

  1. (zoology, mammals, rodents) hamster

Declension[edit]

Inflection
Nominative hamster
Definite accusative hamsteri
Singular Plural
Nominative hamster hamsterler
Definite accusative hamsteri hamsterleri
Dative hamstere hamsterlere
Locative hamsterde hamsterlerde
Ablative hamsterden hamsterlerden
Genitive hamsterin hamsterlerin
Possessive forms
Singular Plural
1st singular hamsterim hamsterlerim
2nd singular hamsterin hamsterlerin
3rd singular hamsteri hamsterleri
1st plural hamsterimiz hamsterlerimiz
2nd plural hamsteriniz hamsterleriniz
3rd plural hamsterleri hamsterleri