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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lemming mean? 

LEMMING (noun)
  The noun LEMMING has 1 sense:

1. any of various short-tailed furry-footed rodents of circumpolar distribution

  Familiarity information: LEMMING used as a noun is very rare.

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LEMMING (noun)

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Any of various short-tailed furry-footed rodents of circumpolar distribution

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Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("lemming" is a kind of...):

gnawer; gnawing animal; rodent (relatively small gnawing animals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "lemming"):

European lemming; Lemmus lemmus (notable for mass migrations even into the sea where many drown)

brown lemming; Lemmus trimucronatus (of northwestern Canada and Alaska)

gray lemming; grey lemming; red-backed lemming (Old World lemming)

pied lemming (North American lemming having a white winter coat and some claws much enlarged)

southern bog lemming; Synaptomys cooperi (of low bogs and meadows of northeastern and central United States and southern Canada)

northern bog lemming; Synaptomys borealis (of wet alpine and subalpine meadows of Canada and Alaska)

Holonyms ("lemming" is a member of...):

Cricetidae; family Cricetidae (mostly small New World rodents including New World mice and lemmings and voles and hamsters)

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