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Definition of lemming
- a small, short-tailed, thickset rodent related to the voles, found in the Arctic tundra.
- Lemmus, Dicrostonyx, and other genera, family Muridae: several species, in particular the Norway lemming (L. lemmus), noted for its fluctuating populations and periodic mass migrations, which in popular belief sometimes culminate in the animals jumping off cliffs into the sea
early 18th century: from Norwegian and Danish; related to Old Norse lómundr