Date: Wed, 22 Mar 1995 16:20:15 MST From: Jim Venis Subject: Re: Rabbit = Rodent? Rabbits are not rodents. They are lagomorphs. --Jim ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________ Subject: Rabbit = Rodent? Author: American Dialect Society 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. RES KPMG Peat Marwick | Los Angeles Information Services | California, U.S.A.