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From Latin rōdēns, rōdēnt- (gnawer; one who gnaws), present participle of rōdō (I gnaw).

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rodent (plural rodents)

  1. 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.
  2. (dated, bulletin board system slang, leetspeak, pejorative) A person lacking in maturity, social skills, technical competence or intelligence; lamer. [mid 1980s-mid 1990s]

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rodent (not comparable)

  1. Gnawing; biting; corroding; applied to a destructive variety of cancer or ulcer.

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