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Any of various small rodents of the family Cricetidae, which includes muskrats and gerbils.
[From New Latin Cricetidae, family name, from Cricetus, hamster genus, from Medieval Latin cricetus, hamster, perhaps from Old Czech křeček, diminutive of křeč, of imitative origin.]
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(Animals) any small rodent of the family Cricetidae
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cri•ce•tid(kraɪˈsi tɪd, -ˈsɛt ɪd, krɪ-)
any rodent of the family Cricetidae, including gerbils, hamsters, New World rats and mice, lemmings, and voles.
[1955–60; < New Latin Cricetidae=Cricet(us) a genus, including the hamster (Medieval Latin: hamster, perhaps < Czech křeček) + -idae -id2]
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