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] 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

Rodentia exclusively.

Can anyone provide an authoritative definition, and/or information

regarding this word's etymology? I'd be most appreciative.


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