One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A major division of the rodents that includes the rats, mice, voles, hamsters, and their relatives.
Suborder Myomorpha, order Rodentia
- ‘He analyzed the amino acid sequence data of proteins and arrived at the conclusion that guinea pig may constitute an outgroup to Myomorpha (rats, mice, hamsters) and primates (humans).’
- ‘Still other families of the Myomorpha include the dormouse, jumping mouse, and jerboa.’
- ‘The rate of nucleotide substitutions in mice and rats is known to be higher than in other mammal groups; these results suggest rate changes within the lineage of Suborder Myomorpha.’
- ‘They placed them within Myomorpha based on derived cranial characters.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek mus, mu- ‘mouse’ + morphē ‘form’.
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