Hamster vs. Hampster

The difference between Hamster and Hampster is that Hamster is an animal like a large mouse, with large cheeks (= sides of the face) for storing food. Hamsters are often kept as pets. While Hampster is an alternative form of hamster.

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Which is correct: Hamster or Hampster?

How to spell Hamster?

Hamster (Correct Spelling)

❌ Hampster (Incorrect Spelling)

Hamster

Hamsters are rodents (order Rodentia) belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae, which contains about 25 species classified in six or seven genera. They have become established as popular small house pets, but, because they are easy to breed in captivity, hamsters are also often used as laboratory animals.

Hamsters are more crepuscular than nocturnal and, in the wild, remain underground during the day to avoid being caught by predators. They feed primarily on seeds, fruits, and vegetation, and will occasionally eat burrowing insects. As one of their more prominent characteristics, they have elongated cheek pouches extending to their shoulders, which they use to carry food back to their burrows.

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Hampster

alternative form of hamster.

Hamster noun
Any of various Old-World rodent species belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae.

Hamster noun
especially, the golden hamster, Mesocricetus auratus, and the dwarf hamsters of genus Phodopus, often kept as a pet and used in scientific research.
‘It is the cutest sight to see a hamster stuff his puffy cheeks with food; where is it going to store it?’;

Hamster noun
Other rodents of similar appearances, such as the maned hamster or crested hamster, Lophiomys imhausi, mouse-like hamsters of genus Calomyscus, and the white-tailed rat (Mystromys albicaudatus).

Hamster noun
A small European rodent (Cricetus frumentarius). It is remarkable for having a pouch on each side of the jaw, under the skin, and for its migrations. Hamsters are commonly kept as a pet.

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Hamster noun
short-tailed Old World burrowing rodent with large cheek pouches

Hampster noun
alternative form of hamster

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