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Any of various small, thickset rodents of the subfamily Arvicolinae, especially of the genus Lemmus, inhabiting northern regions and known for periodic mass migrations.
[Norwegian, from Old Norse læmingi, læmingr.]
1. (Animals) any of various volelike rodents of the genus Lemmus and related genera, of northern and arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America: family Cricetidae. The Scandinavian variety, Lemmus lemmus, migrates periodically when its population reaches a peak
2. a member of any large group following an unthinking course towards mass destruction
[C17: from Norwegian; related to Latin latrāre to bark]
any of various small, mainly arctic, cricetid rodents esp. of the genus Lemmus, noted for periodic mass migrations that sometimes result in mass drownings.
[1600–10; < Norwegian]
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|Noun||1.||lemming - any of various short-tailed furry-footed rodents of circumpolar distribution|
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
Cricetidae, family Cricetidae - mostly small New World rodents including New World mice and lemmings and voles and hamsters
pied lemming - North American lemming having a white winter coat and some claws much enlarged
southern bog lemming, Synaptomys cooperi - of low bogs and meadows of northeastern and central United States and southern Canada
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