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Lemming  n.  (Zool.) Any one of several species of small arctic rodents of the genera Myodes and Cuniculus, resembling the meadow mice in form. They are found in both hemispheres. Note: The common Northern European lemming (Myodes lemmus) is remarkable for making occasional devastating migrations in enormous numbers from the mountains into the lowlands.

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"Lemming" Quotes from Famous Books

... smaller mammals of the north and north-west were wolves, foxes, lynxes, gluttons (wolverene), otters, martens (sables) and black fishing martens, mink (a kind of polecat), ermine-stoats, weasels, polar hares (Lepus timidus), beavers, musquash, lemming, gopher or pouched ground-squirrels, and the common red squirrel of North America. The grey squirrel and striped chipmunk are only ...
— Pioneers in Canada • Sir Harry Johnston

... of the tundras life has to contend with such unfavourable conditions that it cannot be abundant. Still the reindeer frequents it for its lichens, and on the drier slopes of the moraine deposits four species of lemming, hunted by the Canis lagopus, find quarters. Two species of the white partridge, the lark, one Plectrophanes, two or three species of Sylvia, one Phylloscopus, and the Motacilla must be added. Numberless aquatic birds, ...
— Russia - As Seen and Described by Famous Writers • Various

Words linked to "Lemming" :   Synaptomys borealis, Lemmus lemmus, gnawer, Lemmus trimucronatus, northern bog lemming, Synaptomys cooperi, pied lemming, European lemming, rodent, Cricetidae

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