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Old 22nd October 2014, 01:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Conor View Post
A quick search in the web and Wikipedia reveals,

"The name "hamster" is a loanword from the German, which itself derives from earlier Old High German hamustro. It is possibly related to Old Russian choměstrǔ, which is either a blend of the root of Russian khomiak "hamster" and a Baltic word (cf. Lithuanian staras "hamster") or of Persian origin (cf. Av hamaēstar "oppressor")."

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Don't think that's quite the answer the op was looking for now I could be wrong but i think it's called a "hamster" because it sounded better than calling it a "Gerbil" and "Mouse" would have confused things even more

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