Lemming

Lem"ming

(lm"mng), n. [Nor. lemming, lemende; cf. Sw. lemel, Lapp. lummik.] (Zol.) 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.
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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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