Date: Wed, 22 Mar 1995 09:31:59 -0800 From: Information Services 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 Rodentia exclusively. Can anyone provide an authoritative definition, and/or information regarding this word's etymology? I'd be most appreciative. RES KPMG Peat Marwick | Los Angeles Information Services | California, U.S.A.