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red squirrel

a reddish squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, of North America.
Also called chickaree.
Origin of red squirrel
An Americanism dating back to 1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He hurried down to meet Chatterer the red squirrel and to prevent him climbing the tree.

    Happy Jack Thornton Burgess
  • "You are lucky to be alive," declared Chatterer the red squirrel.

  • But my appearance seems to awaken other feelings in the red squirrel.

  • One red squirrel a day, chopped fine with an axe, was his ration.

  • Near the brook a red squirrel had tapped a maple tree with his teeth and was tasting the sweet sap as it came up scantily.

    Secret of the Woods William J. Long
  • To his mind the red squirrel was apt to serve in place of a vidette.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • I saw the same experiment tried with a red squirrel with quite opposite results.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • In the distance a red squirrel chattered happily and noisily.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • And over in the hole in the old stone wall Chatterer the red squirrel was laughing as if there was some great joke.

  • Let me return to the red squirrel, because he returns to me hourly.

British Dictionary definitions for red squirrel

red squirrel

a reddish-brown squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, inhabiting woodlands of Europe and parts of Asia
American red squirrel, chickaree, either of two reddish-brown squirrels, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus or T. douglasii, inhabiting forests of North America
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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