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ground squirrel

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noun
  1. any of several terrestrial rodents of the squirrel family, as of the genus Citellus and chipmunks of the genus Tamias.circ;circ;

Origin of ground squirrel

An Americanism dating back to 1680–90
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Examples from the Web for ground squirrel

Historical Examples

  • And while he slept the ground-squirrel ravaged the pockets of his shabby coat.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • It was a ground-squirrel which the fox had chased out of its winter nest.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes

    William H. G. Kingston

  • Then you will hear the voice of the ground-squirrel; still you must not rise.

  • Edith married me two months after you did the ground-squirrel act.

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    O. Henry

  • With all his wisdom, man has not evolved and placed here so much as a ground-squirrel, a sparrow or a clam.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday


British Dictionary definitions for ground squirrel

ground squirrel

noun
  1. any burrowing sciurine rodent of the genus Citellus and related genera, resembling chipmunks and occurring in North America, E Europe, and AsiaAlso called: gopher
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