hamster

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English[edit]

a dwarf hamster

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Etymology[edit]

1607; from German Hamster, from Old High German hamastra, hamustro, from Old East Slavic хомѣсторъ ‎(xoměstorŭ), хомѣстаръ ‎(xoměstarŭ), compound of (1) хомѣкъ ‎(xoměkŭ, hamster) (compare Russian хомя́к ‎(xomják), 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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