- any of several burrowing rodents of the genus Cynomys, of North American prairies, having a barklike cry: some are endangered.
Origin of prairie dog
An Americanism dating back to 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for prairie dog
A Prairie-dog hole is shaped like a funnel, going straight down.
As soon as the Prairie-dog sat up with some food in his hand she froze into a statue.
He well knew that Sinclair cared no more for Seagrue than for a prairie-dog.Whispering Smith
Frank H. Spearman
There was but one place to look for him, and that was among the prairie-dog holes.Peak and Prairie
Men who had been living on horse or prairie-dog would not be fastidious.Under Fire
- any of several gregarious sciurine rodents of the genus Cynomys, such as C. ludovicianus, that live in large complex burrows in the prairies of North AmericaAlso called: prairie marmot
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