Date: Wed, 22 Mar 1995 09:31:59 -0800
From: Information Services kpmglib[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM
Subject: Rabbit = Rodent?
I'm involved in a discussion regarding whether or not rabbits are
rodents. My understanding is that the word "rodent" was derived from the
French "rodere" (to gnaw), and can correctly be used to describe any of
the order Rodentia *or* the order Lagomorpha (which includes rabbits), as
well as various small, gnawing mammals (such as the shrew). However,
I've also seen the word used as a taxon to describe members of the order
Can anyone provide an authoritative definition, and/or information
regarding this word's etymology? I'd be most appreciative.
KPMG Peat Marwick | Los Angeles
Information Services | California, U.S.A.