Synonyms of 'Rodents'
acouchi or acouchyany of several South American rodents of the genus Myoprocta, closely related to the agoutis but much smaller, with a white-tipped tail: family Dasyproctidae agoutiany hystricomorph rodent of the genus Dasyprocta, of Central and South America and the Caribbean: family Dasyproctidae. Agoutis are agile and long-legged, with hooflike claws, and are valued for their meat beavera large amphibious rodent, Castor fiber, of Europe, Asia, and North America: family Castoridae. It has soft brown fur, a broad flat hairless tail, and webbed hind feet, and constructs complex dams and houses (lodges) in rivers black rata common rat, Rattus rattus: a household pest that has spread from its native Asia to all countries brown rat or Norway rata common brownish rat, Rattus norvegicus: a serious pest in all parts of the world cane rata tropical African cavy-like hystricomorph rodent, Thryonomys swinderianus, that lives in swampy regions: family Thryonomyidae capybarathe largest rodent: a pig-sized amphibious hystricomorph, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, resembling a guinea pig and inhabiting river banks in Central and South America: family Hydrochoeridae cavyany small South American hystricomorph rodent of the family Caviidae, esp any of the genus Cavia, having a thickset body and very small tail chinchillaa small gregarious hystricomorph rodent, Chinchilla laniger, inhabiting mountainous regions of South America: family Chinchillidae. It has a stocky body and is bred in captivity for its soft silvery grey fur chipmunkany burrowing sciurine rodent of the genera Tamias of E North America and Eutamias of W North America and Asia, typically having black-striped yellowish fur and cheek pouches for storing food coypu or nutriaan aquatic South American hystricomorph rodent, Myocastor coypus, introduced into Europe: family Capromyidae. It resembles a small beaver with a ratlike tail and is bred in captivity for its soft grey underfur deer mousedesert rata jerboa, Jaculus orientalis, inhabiting the deserts of N Africa dormouseany small Old World rodent of the family Gliridae, esp the Eurasian Muscardinus avellanarius, resembling a mouse with a furry tail fieldmouseany nocturnal mouse of the genus Apodemus, inhabiting woods, fields, and gardens of the Old World: family Muridae. They have yellowish-brown fur and feed on fruit, vegetables, seeds, etc flying squirrelany nocturnal sciurine rodent of the subfamily Petauristinae, of Asia and North America. Furry folds of skin between the forelegs and hind legs enable these animals to move by gliding leaps fox squirrela large squirrel, Sciurus niger, occurring in E North America gerbil, gerbille, or jerbilany burrowing rodent of the subfamily Gerbillinae, inhabiting hot dry regions of Asia and Africa and having soft pale fur: family Cricetidae gopher or pocket gopherany burrowing rodent of the family Geomyidae, of North and Central America, having a thickset body, short legs, and cheek pouches gopher or ground squirrelany burrowing rodent of the family Geomyidae, of North and Central America, having a thickset body, short legs, and cheek pouches grey squirrela grey-furred squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, native to E North America but now widely established elsewhere groundhog or woodchucka North American marmot, Marmota monax, having coarse reddish-brown fur ground squirrel or gopherany burrowing sciurine rodent of the genus Citellus and related genera, resembling chipmunks and occurring in North America, E Europe, and Asia guinea pig or cavya domesticated cavy, probably descended from Cavia porcellus, commonly kept as a pet and used in scientific experiments hamsterany Eurasian burrowing rodent of the tribe Cricetini, such as Mesocricetus auratus (golden hamster), having a stocky body, short tail, and cheek pouches: family Cricetidae. They are popular pets harvest mousea very small reddish-brown Eurasian mouse, Micromys minutus, inhabiting cornfields, hedgerows, etc, and feeding on grain and seeds: family Muridae hedgehogany other insectivore of the family Erinaceidae, such as the moon rat hopping mouse or jerboa rathouse mousejerboaany small nocturnal burrowing rodent of the family Dipodidae, inhabiting dry regions of Asia and N Africa, having pale sandy fur, large ears, and long hind legs specialized for jumping jumping mouseany long-tailed small mouselike rodent of the family Zapodidae, of North America, E Asia, and N and E Europe, having long hind legs specialized for leaping kangaroo ratany small leaping rodent of the genus Dipodomys, related to the squirrels and inhabiting desert regions of North America, having a stocky body and very long hind legs and tails: family Heteromyidae kiore (New Zealand)lemmingany of various volelike rodents of the genus Lemmus and related genera, of northern and arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America: family Cricetidae. The Scandinavian variety, Lemmus lemmus, migrates periodically when its population reaches a peak Māori rat or (N.Z.) kiorea small brown rat, Rattus exulans, native to New Zealand maraa harelike South American rodent, Dolichotis patagonum, inhabiting the pampas of Argentina: family Caviidae (cavies) marmotany burrowing sciurine rodent of the genus Marmota, of Europe, Asia, and North America. They are heavily built, having short legs, a short furry tail, and coarse fur mole ratany burrowing molelike African rodent of the family Bathyergidae mouseany of numerous small long-tailed rodents of the families Muridae and Cricetidae that are similar to but smaller than rats muskrat or musquasha North American beaver-like amphibious rodent, Ondatra zibethica, closely related to but larger than the voles: family Cricetidae pacaa large burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Cuniculus paca, of Central and South America, having white-spotted brown fur and a large head: family Dasyproctidae pack ratany rat of the genus Neotoma, of W North America, having a long tail that is furry in some species: family Cricetidae pocket mouseany small mouselike rodent with cheek pouches, of the genus Perognathus, of desert regions of W North America: family Heteromyidae porcupineany of various large hystricomorph rodents of the families Hystricidae, of Africa, Indonesia, S Europe, and S Asia, and Erethizontidae, of the New World. All species have a body covering of protective spines or quills ratany of numerous long-tailed murine rodents, esp of the genus Rattus, that are similar to but larger than mice and are now distributed all over the world red squirrel or chickareea reddish-brown squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, inhabiting woodlands of Europe and parts of Asia spinifex hopping mouse or (Austral.) dargawarraspringhaasa S and E African nocturnal rodent, Pedetes capensis, resembling a small kangaroo: family Pedetidae squirrelany arboreal sciurine rodent of the genus Sciurus, such as S. vulgaris (red squirrel) or S. carolinensis (grey squirrel), having a bushy tail and feeding on nuts, seeds, etc suslik or souslika central Eurasian ground squirrel, Citellus citellus, of dry open areas, having large eyes and small ears taguana large nocturnal flying squirrel, Petaurista petaurista, of high forests in the East Indies that uses its long tail as a rudder tucotucoany of various colonial burrowing South American hystricomorph rodents of the genus Ctenomys, having long-clawed feet and a stocky body: family Ctenomyidae viscacha or vizcachaa gregarious burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Lagostomus maximus, of southern South America, similar to but larger than the chinchillas: family Chinchillidae voleany of numerous small rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, mostly of Eurasia and North America and having a stocky body, short tail, and inconspicuous ears: family Cricetidae water ratany of several small amphibious rodents, esp the water vole or the muskrat water vole or water rata large amphibious vole, Arvicola terrestris, of Eurasian river banks: family Cricetidae white-footed mousewhite rata white variety of the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), used extensively in scientific research ▷ See rodent
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Word List of Rodents from the Collins English Word Lists