- any of numerous burrowing rodents of the family Geomyidae, of western and southern North America and Central America, having large, external, fur-lined cheek pouches.
Origin of pocket gopher
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Florida pocket-gopher burrows and their arthropod inhabitants.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
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Mr. Andrews: Mr. Ludlow spoke of the pocket-gopher favoring alfalfa.
The name “gopher” is more commonly applied to certain small rodent mammals, particularly the pocket-gopher.
When "measuring" chipmunks taxonomically, it is necessary to use a "chipmunk scale" and not, for example, a "pocket-gopher scale."
- the full name for gopher (def. 1)
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