- a reddish squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, of North America.
Origin of red squirrel
An Americanism dating back to 1630–40
Also called chickaree.
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The widest spread is probably the red-squirrel; but the best known in the United States is the common gray-squirrel.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
It is a creature of amazing agility, so much so that it commonly runs down the Red-squirrel among the tree tops.
"Him and me's chums," my small sister said of the red-squirrel that hung around the log-barn.Forest Neighbors</p>
William Davenport Hulbert
It is a little darker in colour than the Red-squirrel of the East, but I find no other difference.
- a reddish-brown squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, inhabiting woodlands of Europe and parts of Asia
- American red squirrel or chickaree either of two reddish-brown squirrels, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus or T. douglasii, inhabiting forests of North America
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