Definitions for rodentˈroʊd nt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ro•dentˈroʊd nt(adj.)

  1. belonging or pertaining to the gnawing or nibbling mammals of the order Rodentia, characterized by four continually growing incisors: includes mice, squirrels, beavers, chipmunks, and rats.

    Category: Mammals

  2. (n.)a rodent mammal.

Origin of rodent:

1825–35; < NL Rodentia, neut. pl. of L rōdēns, s. rōdent-, prp. of rōdēre to gnaw

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rodent, gnawer(noun)

    relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing

Wiktionary

  1. rodent(Noun)

    A mammal of the order Rodentia, characterized by long incisors that grow continuously and are worn down by gnawing.

  2. Origin: Latin rodens (stem rodent-), present participle of rodere ‘to gnaw’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rodent(verb)

    gnawing; biting; corroding; (Med.) applied to a destructive variety of cancer or ulcer

  2. Rodent(verb)

    gnawing

  3. Rodent(verb)

    of or pertaining to the Rodentia

  4. Rodent(noun)

    one of the Rodentia

Freebase

  1. Rodent

    Rodents are mammals of the order Rodentia, characterised by a single pair of continuously growing incisors in each of the upper and lower jaws which must be kept short by gnawing. Forty percent of mammal species are rodents, and they are found in vast numbers on all continents other than Antarctica. Common rodents include mice, rats, squirrels, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Rodents use their sharp incisors to gnaw wood, break into food, and bite predators. Most rodents eat seeds or plants, though some have more varied diets. Some species have historically been pests, eating seeds stored by people and spreading disease.

Editors Contribution

  1. Rodent

    An animal with sharp teeth used for gnawing.

    I screamed so loud when I saw a rodent zoom across the living room floor.

Anagrams of rodent

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Translations for rodent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

rodent(noun)

any of a number of types of animal with large front teeth for gnawing, eg squirrels, beavers, rats etc.

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