What does rodent mean?

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ˈroʊd ntro·dent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rodent, gnawernoun

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


  1. rodentnoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rodentverb

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

    Etymology: [L. rodens, -entis, p. pr. of rodere to gnaw. See Rase, v. t., and cf. Rostrum.]

  2. Rodentverb


    Etymology: [L. rodens, -entis, p. pr. of rodere to gnaw. See Rase, v. t., and cf. Rostrum.]

  3. Rodentverb

    of or pertaining to the Rodentia

    Etymology: [L. rodens, -entis, p. pr. of rodere to gnaw. See Rase, v. t., and cf. Rostrum.]

  4. Rodentnoun

    one of the Rodentia

    Etymology: [L. rodens, -entis, p. pr. of rodere to gnaw. See Rase, v. t., and cf. Rostrum.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rodent

    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.]

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.

    Submitted by JP03 on October 30, 2014  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rodent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rodent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of rodent in a Sentence

  1. Trish Fleming:

    Research funding goes on big animals which are iconic and attract people's attention because they are cute and charismatic, it's very hard to make a tourist attraction of a rodent.

  2. Ruth Patterson:

    The really strong evidence is in rodent studies mostly where [timing calories] is a huge powerful predictor of overall metabolic health and chronic disease prevention.

  3. Janelle Kaufman:

    We did find that there were rodent droppings and violations that warranted us doing a license suspension.

  4. Carl DeMaio:

    Instead of acting to address this developing crisis, California state lawmakers are just days away from passing legislation to ban the best rodent-control tools and methods available and would require use of less effective, so-called `green alternatives, its madness.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    But maybe you could ask his son-in-law, who's a slumlord there, if he wants to talk about rodent infestations.

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