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ˈlɛm ɪŋlem·ming

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lemmingnoun

    any of various short-tailed furry-footed rodents of circumpolar distribution


  1. lemmingnoun

    Any of the small Arctic and Subarctic rodents of the tribe Lemmini. Three genera of vole are also commonly called lemmings.

  2. lemmingnoun

    Any member of a group given to conformity or groupthink, especially a group poised to follow a leader off a cliff.


  1. Lemming

    A lemming is a small rodent, usually found in or near the Arctic in tundra biomes. Lemmings form the subfamily Arvicolinae (also known as Microtinae) together with voles and muskrats, which form part of the superfamily Muroidea, which also includes rats, mice, hamsters, and gerbils. In popular culture, a longstanding myth holds that they exhibit herd mentality and jump off cliffs, committing mass suicide.


  1. lemming

    A lemming is a small, short-tailed, thickset rodent found in the Arctic tundra. They are known for their population explosions and mass migrations, often mistaken as mass suicidal dives into the ocean. They belong to the family Cricetidae, which also includes voles, muskrats, and hamsters.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lemmingnoun

    any one of several species of small arctic rodents of the genera Myodes and Cuniculus, resembling the meadow mice in form. They are found in both hemispheres

  2. Etymology: [Nor. lemming, lemende; cf. Sw. lemel, Lapp. lummik.]


  1. Lemming

    Lemmings are small rodents, usually found in or near the Arctic, in tundra biomes. They are subniveal animals, and together with voles and muskrats, they make up the subfamily Arvicolinae, which forms part of the largest mammal radiation by far, the superfamily Muroidea, which also includes rats, mice, hamsters, and gerbils.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lemming

    lem′ing, n. a genus of rodents, nearly allied to voles, migrating southward in great numbers. [Norw. lemende, lemminglemja, to beat. Perh. Lapp, loumek, a lemming.]

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lemming is ranked #49636 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lemming surname appeared 423 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Lemming.

    94.8% or 401 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lemming in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lemming in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of lemming in a Sentence

  1. P. J. O'Rourke:

    There’s a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any over-large concentration of like-minded individuals, no matter how virtuous their cause.

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    Thank you for having more than just the animal definition. It is the other I needed. Thank you again!!
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