relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
A mammal of the order Rodentia, characterized by long incisors that grow continuously and are worn down by gnawing.
Origin: Latin rodens (stem rodent-), present participle of rodere ‘to gnaw’.
gnawing; biting; corroding; (Med.) applied to a destructive variety of cancer or ulcer
of or pertaining to the Rodentia
one of the Rodentia
Origin: [L. rodens, -entis, p. pr. of rodere to gnaw. See Rase, v. t., and cf. Rostrum.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rō′dent, adj. gnawing: belonging to the Rodentia.—n. a rodent mammal.—n.pl. Roden′tia, an order of mammals including squirrels, beavers, rats, rabbits, &c. [L. rodĕre, to gnaw.]
An animal with sharp teeth used for gnawing.
I screamed so loud when I saw a rodent zoom across the living room floor.
The numerical value of rodent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of rodent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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- rosegadorCatalan, Valencian
- Nagetier, NagerGerman
- 齧歯類, 齧歯動物Japanese
- gnagarNorwegian Nynorsk
- tsin deigházhígííNavajo, Navaho
- gặm nhấmVietnamese
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