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 for hamster
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hamster \Ham"ster\ (-st[~e]r), n. [G. hamster.] (Zool.)
     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 pets.
     [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hamster
      n 1: short-tailed Old World burrowing rodent with large cheek
           pouches

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  hamster
   n.
  
      1. [Fairchild] A particularly slick little piece of code that does one
      thing well; a small, self-contained hack. The image is of a hamster {
      happily spinning its exercise wheel.
  
      2. A tailless mouse; that is, one with an infrared link to a receiver on
      the machine, as opposed to the conventional cable.
  
      3. [UK] Any item of hardware made by Amstrad, a company famous for its
      cheap plastic PC-almost-compatibles.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  hamster
  
     1.  (From Fairchild) A particularly slick
     little piece of code that does one thing well; a small,
     self-contained hack.  The image is of a hamster happily
     spinning its exercise wheel.
  
     2.  A tailless mouse; that is, one with an infrared
     link to a receiver on the machine, as opposed to the
     conventional cable.
  
     3.  (UK) Any item of hardware made by Amstrad, a
     company famous for its cheap plastic PC-almost-compatibles.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-02-16)
  

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