Date: Wed, 22 Mar 1995 16:20:15 MST
From: Jim Venis jimv%ccmailgw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IHS.COM
Subject: Re: Rabbit = Rodent?
Rabbits are not rodents. They are lagomorphs. --Jim
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Subject: Rabbit = Rodent?
Author: American Dialect Society ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga.cc.uga.edu at Internet
Date: 3/22/95 4:14 pm
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.
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