See also: rôdent
- rodente (obsolete)
From Latin rōdēns, rōdēnt- (“gnawer; one who gnaws”), present participle of rōdō (“I gnaw”).
rodent (plural rodents)
- A mammal of the order Rodentia, characterized by long incisors that grow continuously and are worn down by gnawing.
- 2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193:
- Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola. A recent study explored the ecological variables that may contribute to bats’ propensity to harbor such zoonotic diseases by comparing them with another order of common reservoir hosts: rodents.
- (dated, bulletin board system slang, leetspeak, derogatory) A person lacking in maturity, social skills, technical competence or intelligence; lamer. [mid-1980s–mid-1990s]
- See also Thesaurus:rodent
mammal of the order Rodentia
rodent (not comparable)
- Gnawing; biting; corroding; applied to a destructive variety of cancer or ulcer.
- Count Branicki's mouse
- guinea pig
- mole rat
- prairie dog