rodent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rodent relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Prairie dogs are not dogs. A prairie dog is a kind of rodent.
    • Rodent (Zoöl) Gnawing.
    • Rodent Gnawing; biting; corroding; Med applied to a destructive variety of cancer or ulcer.
    • Rodent (Zoöl) Of or pertaining to the Rodentia.
    • n Rodent (Zoöl) One of the Rodentia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rabbits aren't rodents like most people think. They are actually Lagomorphs.
    • rodent Gnawing, as certain mammals; habitually feeding upon vegetable substances, which are gnawed or bitten first with the front teeth; pertaining to the Rodentia, Rosores, or Glires, or having their characters; gliriform.
    • n rodent A member of the order Rodentia, Rosores, or Glires; a rodent mammal; a gnawer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rodents teeth never stop growing.
    • adj Rodent rō′dent gnawing: belonging to the Rodentia
    • n Rodent a rodent mammal
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. rodens, -entis, p. pr. of rodere, to gnaw. See Rase (v. t.), and cf. Rostrum

Usage

In literature:

These are graceful and active birds, feeding largely upon small rodents, and occasionally small birds.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Alerted by the small splash of their coming, the rodent decided to take better cover.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The rat that was not a rat became suddenly motionless, its sharp rodent's nose pointed directly at the enemy.
"Anything You Can Do" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The escape of the two mice was a signal for the assembling students to begin a chase after the rodents.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
A study of the effect of rodents on plants used by deer was initiated in 1956 by Harold R. Shepherd.
"Mammals of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado" by Sydney Anderson
There's no shooting on my estate and it's tame country, full of rodents and small creatures.
"Youth" by Isaac Asimov
Certainly it should keep out rodents.
"Student Body" by Floyd L. Wallace
Such small rodents constitute another potential source of predation.
"Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon" by Jon C. Barlow
The task of the hunter of rodents is greatly facilitated by all these improved methods.
"Paris" by William Walton
Large rodents, like the porcupine and cane rat, are numerous.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
Then he heard a sound he knew could not have been made by a rodent.
"The Boy Pilot of the Lakes" by Frank V. Webster
A rear open sight is formed of two teeth of a small rodent.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
This skunk is a formidable enemy of small and medium-sized rodents, as it can climb, dig, and squeeze through small openings.
"Ecological Observations on the Woodrat, Neotoma floridana" by Henry S. Fitch
The rodents are numerous and include several peculiar species.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
The Rodents are also well represented by various squirrels, mice, and hares.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
Rats are not the only animals naturally attacked by the plague but as already suggested, it occurs in various other rodents.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
The seeds evidently are transported mainly by rodents, especially fox squirrels.
"The Forest Habitat of the University of Kansas Natural History Reservation" by Henry S. Fitch
What rodents can you remember, Ernest?
"The Swiss Family Robinson" by Jean Rudolph Wyss
For example, in trap lines transecting dry washes and level sageland two assemblages of rodents were found.
"Mammals of the San Gabriel Mountains of California" by Terry A. Vaughan
He had read accounts of those rodents attacking living men, but he had looked upon them as mere fiction.
"'£19,000'" by Burford Delannoy
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In poetry:

The walls screamed poetry disease & sex
an inner whine like a mad machine
dropped in a
cave of roaches
or rodents
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
The pill of the Communion tablet,
The walking beside still water? Memory?
Or picking up the bright pieces
Of Christ in the faces of rodents,
The tame flower-nibblers, the ones
"Mystic" by Sylvia Plath
The air is alive with voices, the loving whisper,
The rodent screams at neck-constricting hand,
Gulls' earthless wail and dank watchers' laughter.
Always the wind whistles through teeth of sand.
"Merthymawr" by George Woodcock
What time for books and music, when
The lambs were bleating in their pen,
The chickens peeping at the door;
The rodent gnawing at the churn,
The buckwheat wafers crisped to burn,
The kettle boiling o'er?
"Never Had A Chance" by Hattie Howard

In news:

2nd Yosemite visitor dies of rodent-borne illness.
Seen a big rodent lately .
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif.—Officials in Lake Elsinore say a large reptile and rodent breeding business is under investigation for animal neglect after dead animals, stench and filth were uncovered in an inspection.
Sobczak says he would simply mow it in the past to reduce the problem of rodents or other animals like woodchucks in the tall grass.
Rodents in restaurant, roaches in nursing home.
0Nothing says the holidays like rodents and roaches.
Rodents in restaurant, roaches in nursing home .
Most people, when they hear the word "bat," imagine twitchy rodents that live in abandoned castles and feast on blood.
A group of scientists discover 200 new species of frogs, rodents, and other critters.
(AP) — Health officials have confirmed that an Oregon man has the plague after he was bitten while trying to take a dead rodent from the mouth of a stray cat.
The furry performance was captured in Boulder, Colorado by photographer Rob Palmer from nearby Littleton, who was shooting the rodents in the snow.
A study done on rodents shows that drinking red wine could do you as much good as working out.
So far, scrub jays and rodents are showing up apes.
(CNN) — Calorie restriction has long been used to examine aging in rodents and monkeys.
Portland firefighters found a " rodent bomb" placed by a homeowner in his house's eves that sparked a one-alarm blaze.
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In science:

Upadhyay J, Baker SJ, Chandran P, Miller L, Lee Y, et al. (2011) Default-mode-like network activation in awake rodents.
Deep Impact: Unintended consequences of journal rank
Henttonen, Specialist predators, generalist predators, and the microtine rodent cycle, J.
The Time Invariance Principle, Ecological (Non)Chaos, and A Fundamental Pitfall of Discrete Modeling
In voles and other wild rodents, infection with cowpox virus is known to last for approximately 4 weeks (Bennett et al. (1997)).
A coupled hidden Markov model for disease interactions
Birtles, R. J., Hazel, S. M., Bennett, M., Bown, K., Raoult, D. and Begon, M. (2001) Longitudinal monitoring of the dynamics of infections due to Bartonel la species in UK woodland rodents.
A coupled hidden Markov model for disease interactions
Kosoy, M., Mandel, E., Green, D., Marston, E. and Childs, J. (2004) Prospective studies of Bartonel la of rodents.
A coupled hidden Markov model for disease interactions
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