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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.]
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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
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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]
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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
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Translations
lèmming
sopuli
leming
lêmingue
lämmel

lemming

[ˈlemɪŋ] Nlem(m)ing m
they were jumping over the side of the ship like lemmingsse lanzaban por la borda uno tras otro
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lemming

[ˈlɛmɪŋ] n (= animal) → lemming m
like lemmings (pejorative)comme des moutons
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lemming

nLemming m
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lemming

[ˈlɛmɪŋ] nlemming m inv
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