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rodent

Definition:

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

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

rodents

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

gnawer

Etymology:

Modern Latin rodentia, the order name, from Latin rodentem (nominative rodens),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Rodent | Rodents | 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 ... (43 of 3020 words, 6 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Rodent

Britannica Encyclopedia:

rodent [mammal] | Delanymys brooksi [species] | Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris [species] | Rattus norvegicus [species] | Mus musculus [species]

any of more than 2,050 living species of mammals characterized by upper and lower pairs of ever-growing rootless incisor teeth. Rodents are the ... (23 of 874 words, 4 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/506541​/rodent

Wiktionary:

rodent | rodents [plural] | gnawer [synonym]

A mammal of the order Rodentia, characterized by long incisors that grow continuously and are worn down by gnawing. (19 of 36 words, 1 usage example, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rodent

Collins Dictionary:

rodent | rodent-like [adjective, derived]

any of the relatively small placental mammals that constitute the order ... | [modifier] (13 of 429 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rodent

Columbia Encyclopedia:

rodent

member of the mammalian order Rodentia, characterized by front teeth adapted for gnawing and cheek teeth adapted for chewing. The Rodentia is by far ... (24 of 129 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0842201​.html

Merriam-Webster:

rodent

any of an order (Rodentia) of relatively small gnawing mammals (as a mouse, ... | a small mammal (as a rabbit or a shrew) other than a true rodent (28 of 92 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rodent

Oxford Dictionary:

rodent

a gnawing mammal of an order that includes rats, mice, squirrels, hamsters, ... | See "Sciuromorpha", "Myomorpha", and "Hystricomorpha" (18 of 81 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rodent

American Heritage Dictionary:

rodent

Any of various mammals of the order Rodentia, such as a mouse, rat, ... | Gnawing. | Of or relating to rodents. (20 of 57 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rodent

New World Dictionary:

rodent

gnawing | of or like a rodent or rodents | any of a very large order (Rodentia) of gnawing mammals, including rats, mice, squirrels, and beavers, ... (24 of 54 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rodent

Macmillan British Dictionary:

rodent [countable] | rodents [plural]

a type of small animal that has long sharp front teeth, for example a mouse (15 of 40 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rodent

Random House Dictionary:

rodent | a rodent mammal [sense-specific]

belonging or pertaining to the gnawing or nibbling mammals of the order Rodentia, including the mice, squirrels, beavers, etc. | a rodent mammal (22 of 28 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/rodent

Cambridge Dictionary:

rodent

any of various small mammals with large sharp front teeth, such as mice and rats (15 of 20 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rodent

Encarta Dictionary:

rodent | rodents [plural]

a small animal of an order with large gnawing incisor teeth that continue growing throughout the animal's life, e.g. a mouse, rat, ... (22 of 71 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861705817​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

rodent

First use: 1835

Origin: Modern Latin rodentia, the order name, from Latin rodentem (nominative rodens), present participle of rodere "to gnaw, eat ... (19 of 49 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=rodent

Merriam-Webster:

rodent

First use: 1835

Origin: ultimately from Latin rodent-, rodens, present participle of rodere to gnaw; akin to Latin radere to scrape, scratch, Sanskrit radati he gnaws

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rodent

American Heritage Dictionary:

rodent

Origin: From New Latin Rōdentia, order name, from Latin rōdēns, rōdent-, present participle of rōdere, to gnaw; see rēd- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rodent

Wiktionary:

rodent | rodents [plural]

Origin: Latin rōdēns ("gnawer; one who gnaws"), present participle of rōdō ("I gnaw").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rodent

Oxford Dictionary:

rodent

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: Latin rodent- "gnawing", from the verb rodere

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rodent

New World Dictionary:

rodent

Origin: Latin rodens, present participle of rodere, to gnaw: see "rat"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rodent

Collins Dictionary:

rodent

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Latin rōdere to gnaw, corrode

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rodent

Encarta Dictionary:

rodent | rodents [plural]

First use: Mid-19th century

Origin: modern Latin Rodentia from Latin rodent-, present participle of rodere "gnaw"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861705817​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

rodent

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rodent"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rodent

Macmillan British Dictionary:

rodent [countable] | rodents [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "rodent"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rodent

Macmillan American Dictionary:

rodent [countable] | rodents [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rodent"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/rodent

Cambridge Dictionary:

rodent

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "rodent"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "rodent"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rodent

the Free Dictionary:

rodent

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "rodent"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "rodent"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "rodent" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/rodent

Google Dictionary:

rodent | rodents [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "rodent"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

rodent

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rodent"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=rodent​01 word=rodent

YourDictionary Audio:

rodent

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rodent" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rodent

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