Definition of Cricetus
1. Noun. Type genus of the Cricetidae: Old World hamsters.
Generic synonyms: Mammal Genus
Group relationships: Cricetidae, Family Cricetidae
Member holonyms: Hamster
Medical Definition of Cricetus
1. One of four genera of hamsters; Cricetus cricetus is used extensively as a research animal. (05 Mar 2000)
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cricetus
Literary usage of Cricetus
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1. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History by American Museum of Natural History (1895)
"The name Cricetus, usually attributed to Cuvier (1817), was used by Kerr for a ... The species included under Cricetus are the following :' 1. Cricetus ..."
2. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Pierre André Latreille (1831)
"(1) Cricetus, Cuv. The Hamsters have nearly the same kind of teeth^as Rats, but their tail is short and hairy, and the two sides of their mouth are hollowed ..."
3. Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert Armitage Sterndale (1884)
"Cricetus FULVUS. The Sandt Hamster. HABITAT. — Yarkand, Gilgit. DESCRIPTION. — Colour above light sandy brown to sandy grey ; no band down the back; ..."
4. A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith (1816)
"The Cricetus. The Cricetus, or German Rat, which M. Buffon calls the Hamster, greatly resembles the water-rat in its size, small eyes, and the shortness of ..."
5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"As will be shown further on, there is no reason for rejecting Cricetus or the ... Hamster Lacépède appeared in 1801, whereas Cricetus was described by ..."