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red squirrel

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noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for red squirrel

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Wild Animals at Home

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • "Him and me's chums," my small sister said of the red-squirrel that hung around the log-barn.

    Forest Neighbors

    William Davenport Hulbert

  • It is a little darker in colour than the Red-squirrel of the East, but I find no other difference.

    Wild Animals at Home

    Ernest Thompson Seton


British Dictionary definitions for red squirrel

red squirrel

noun
  1. a reddish-brown squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, inhabiting woodlands of Europe and parts of Asia
  2. 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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