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Small gnawing animals: porcupines; rats; mice; squirrels; marmots; beavers; gophers; voles; hamsters; guinea pigs; agoutis.  Synonym: order Rodentia.

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... resemblances among mice of the house and field, and of rats and rabbits and squirrels. All of them possess heavy curved gnawing teeth, or incisors, and lack the flesh-tearing or canine teeth. They agree in many other respects which distinguish them as a separate natural order of the mammals called the rodentia. Again we find a highly aberrant form in the flying squirrel, which leads toward an order with another plan of body. This animal is a true rodent, which lengthens its leap from branch to branch by means of a fold of skin stretching between its fore and its hind limbs. It is an animated aeroplane, ...
— The Doctrine of Evolution - Its Basis and Its Scope • Henry Edward Crampton

Words linked to "Rodentia" :   gnawer, naked mole rat, order Rodentia, suborder Myomorpha, Hystricomorpha, Myomorpha, rodent, Sciuromorpha, suborder Hystricomorpha, suborder Sciuromorpha, animal order, Eutheria, subclass Eutheria

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