• WordNet 3.6
    • n lemming any of various short-tailed furry-footed rodents of circumpolar distribution
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It's a good thing lemmings are promiscuous, they produce 4 times as many females as males.
    • n Lemming lĕm"mĭng (Zoöl) 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.☞ The common Northern European lemming (Myodes lemmus) is remarkable for making occasional devastating migrations in enormous numbers from the mountains into the lowlands.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lemming A rodent quadruped of the family Muridæ, subfamily Arvicolinæ, and one of the genera Myodes, Cuniculus, and Synaptomys (see these terms). The common European lemming, Mus lemmus of Linnæus, now Myodes lemmus, to which alone the name originally pertained, inhabits Norway, Sweden, Lapland, and other northern countries. It is about 5 inches long and of varied coloration. It is very prolific, and vast hordes periodically migrate down to the sea, destroying much vegetation in their path. So numerous are they at times, and so sudden is their appearance, that they were fabled to rain down from the clouds. Large numbers of rapacious quadrupeds and birds hang upon their line of march and materially diminish their numbers. These migrations are said to portend a hard winter. M. schisticolor is a plain slaty-gray species of Siberia. M. obensis is a bright rusty-brown species inhabiting arctic regions of both hemispheres and common in northwestern America. The lemming of the Hudson's Bay regions, Greenland, etc., is Cuniculus hudsonius or torquatus, a species of which turns snow-white in winter; it is also called hare-tailed mouse or rat, and by other names. A kind of false lemming, found in parts of the United States from Indiana and Kansas to Alaska, and also in British America, is Synaptomys cooperi. There are several other nominal species.
    • n lemming The North American lemmings, 8 or 10 species of which are now recognized, have been divided into two genera, Lemmus and Dicrostonyx, and the species once familiar as Myodes obensis is now Lemmus alascensis. The black-footed lemming, L. nigripes, is peculiar to St George Island, Bering Sea. The common northeastern species is D. hudsonius.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lemming lem′ing a genus of rodents, nearly allied to voles, migrating southward in great numbers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Nor. lemming, lemende,; cf. Sw. lemel, Lapp. lummik,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Norw. lemende, lemminglemja, to beat. Perh. Lapp, loumek, a lemming.


In literature:

Most men get information when they ask for it, and in the end Lem fetched public opinion all right.
"Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son" by George Horace Lorimer
When they looked for him finally they found him lying in a dead huddle on the grass by Lem White's gate.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
So, at least, it struck Lem Keith.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
It was one of those places where they date things back to the time when Lem Saunders fell down cellar with a lamp and set the house afire.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Lemnos, island of, (lem'-noss), 98, 217.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
Lem'me sell you a new car, Matty.
"The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters" by Charles Henry Lerrigo
After offering up a sacrifice to Hercules on the flaming ruins of Tyre, Alexander went on toward Je-ru'sa-lem.
"The Story of the Greeks" by H. A. Guerber
Lem was Sam's opposite in almost every particular.
"Sam Lambert and the New Way Store" by Unknown
The food of this fox is various, but seems to consist principally of lemmings and of birds and their eggs.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
Lem, go get a lantern; we're nearest your house.
"Three Little Cousins" by Amy E. Blanchard

In poetry:

Doon frae Jerus'lem a traveller took
The laigh road to Jericho;
It had an ill name an' mony a crook,
It was lang an' unco how.
"Godly Ballants" by George MacDonald
Full in the midst, a city, fair
Beyond conception and compare,
Which John the new Jerus'lem calls,
Lifts-up aloft its tow'ring walls —
"Concerning The New Jerusalem" by Rees Prichard

In news:

People believed the myth about the suicidal tendencies of lemmings for years before it was debunked.
In attendance at Sundance Cinemas Madison will be Lem Dobbs, who wrote the screenplay for the action thriller.
She is good at it because cattle dogs are prob- lem solvers.
Lem 's Mac Software Directory.
Heckler & Koch HK45 LEM .
The new Heckler & Koch HK45 LEM is based on the firm's USP pistol and was originally designed to meet requirements of the US Military Joint Combat Pistol program.
Lem Barney called Sunday afternoon to talk about Andre Reed's inability to break into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
CAM- LEM , Inc has started its commercial operations for prototyping and limited-scale production of ceramic and metal components directly from three-dimensional computer models.
Uncle Lem 's is a New Outdoors Shop with a Storied History.
Upon entering Uncle Lem 's Mountain Outfitters in West Knoxville, you may get the feeling that you've just walked into a shop that's far older than its building might indicate.
Lemming lauds size, talent of defensive tackles.
I've lived much of my life like a lemming .
CBS Sports Network's Recruiting Analyst, Tom Lemming , Talks Penn State and NCAA.
Hostess Bakers union, Newsweek editors and the liberal lemming phenomenon.
What does this lemming-like liberal instinct mean for America.

In science:

The same statement of Theorem 5.3 holds, with a different proof (see Theorem 1 in [Lem]).
Quasi Ordinary Singularities, Essential Divisors and Poincare Series
Indeed, one check easily as in [L1, lem. 9.5] that g±,i is a well-defined unit in hC[H ] (although both factors of g±,i are not in general).
Finite dimensional representations of DAHA and affine Springers fibers : the spherical case
Indeed, if x ∈ N h \ N h RS then Bx ⊂ B is Proof : Part (a) follows from [KL2]. a closed infinite dimensional sub-ind-scheme by loc. cit., sec. 2, lem. 6.
Finite dimensional representations of DAHA and affine Springers fibers : the spherical case
The first claim of part (b) is obvious, while the second one follows from [V1, lem. 6.8].
Finite dimensional representations of DAHA and affine Springers fibers : the spherical case
Similarly one introduces the left-handed version LEM(B).
Galois theory in bicategories