- nounoriginally Old World rats now distributed worldwide; distinguished from the Cricetidae by typically lacking cheek pouches• Syn: ↑family Muridae• Hypernyms: ↑mammal family• Member Holonyms: ↑Muroidea, ↑superfamily Muroidea• Member Meronyms:↑Mus, ↑genus Mus, ↑Micromyx, ↑genus Micromyx, ↑Apodemus, ↑genus Apodemus, ↑Rattus, ↑genus Rattus, ↑Nesokia, ↑genus Nesokia, ↑Conilurus, ↑genus Conilurus, ↑Notomys, ↑genus Notomys, ↑Hydromyinae, ↑subfamily Hydromyinae
* * *\\ˈmyu̇rəˌdē\ noun pluralUsage: capitalized: a very large family of relatively small rodents (superfamily Muroidea) that include various originally Old World rodents (as the house mouse and the common rats) that are now cosmopolitan in distribution and that are distinguished from the related cricetid rodents by complete absence of cheek pouches
* * *Muridae /mūˈri-dē/plural nounThe mouse familyORIGIN: L mūs, mūris a mouse
Useful english dictionary. 2012.