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lem·ming

 (lĕm′ĭng)
n.
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.]

lemming

(ˈlɛmɪŋ)
n
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]
ˈlemming-ˌlike adj

lem•ming

(ˈlɛm ɪŋ)

n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lemming - any of various short-tailed furry-footed rodents of circumpolar distributionlemming - 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
European lemming, Lemmus lemmus - notable for mass migrations even into the sea where many drown
brown lemming, Lemmus trimucronatus - of northwestern Canada and Alaska
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
northern bog lemming, Synaptomys borealis - of wet alpine and subalpine meadows of Canada and Alaska
Translations
lèmming
sopuli
leming
lêmingue
lämmel

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[ˈlɛmɪŋ] n (= animal) → lemming m
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Olivier Gilg, Benoit Sittler, and Ilkka Hanski, writing in the journal Global Change Biology, warn that rapid arctic heating, already pushing species like the polar bear closer to extinction, will also interfere with the breeding habits of the collard lemming. The seemingly small change could have disastrous consequences for a number of species that feed on the lemmings, such as snowy owls, Arctic foxes, the long-tailed skua (a seagull-like bird) and the stoat (also known as the short-tailed weasel), all of which could have further effects on other animals later this century.
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Football -- Tom Lemming * Volleyball -- Barbara Boskovich * Boys Soccer -- Gene Chyzowych * Girls Soccer -- Shannon Higgins-Cirovski * Boys Basketball -- Joe Terranova * Girls Basketball -- Mike Flynn * Baseball -- Allan Simpson * Softball -- Doug Huff * Boys Track -- Jack Shepard * Girls Track -- Mike Kennedy
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I call it the lemming effect: when a species becomes overly prolific, it also becomes self-destructive in order to help preserve the balance of nature.
An informative glossary on the last page provides a few brief facts regarding each creature: "8 Eight Lemming--A northern collared lemming's front teeth continue to grow throughout its entire life.