a hole or tunnel in the ground made by a rabbit, fox, or similar animal for habitation and refuge.
a place of retreat; shelter or refuge.
to make a hole or passage in, into, or under something.
to lodge in a burrow.
to proceed by or as if by digging.
to put a burrow into (a hill, mountainside, etc.).
to hide (oneself), as in a burrow.
to make by or as if by burrowing: We burrowed our way through the crowd.
- bur·row·er, noun
- un·bur·rowed, adjective
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How to use burrow in a sentence
The burrows were most likely dug by some kind of giant worm, the researchers conclude, because they lacked the hallmark pellets lining crustacean tunnels and had smoother lining than bivalve tunnels.Giant worms may have burrowed into the ancient seafloor to ambush prey | Helen Thompson | January 22, 2021 | Science News
The burrows were about 2 meters long and 2 to 3 centimeters wide.Giant worms may have burrowed into the ancient seafloor to ambush prey | Helen Thompson | January 22, 2021 | Science News
The range of nonmammals using the burrows is “incredible,” especially given the reptiles’ broad appetite, says Sophie Cross, an ecologist at Curtin University in Perth, Australia who was not involved with the research.
What’s more, the nests were part of a warren consisting of dozens of twisting burrows, each made by a single monitor and arranged in the soil like dozens of fusilli noodles set vertically.
Some animals are using the burrows for overwintering, Doody says.
But nevertheless, parents should be inspecting the nostrils of their young ones, searching for sugar residue and burrowing larvae.Parents Panic Over Old Fake Smarties Snorting Craze | Lizzie Crocker | January 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Like Gervais, Merchant revels in burrowing into the most uncomfortable of situations and refusing to leave.‘Breaking Bad’ Finale, ‘Homeland’ Premiere: How to Survive DVRmageddon | Jason Lynch | September 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dylan Byers at Politico is smelling a traffic breakthrough by burrowing after MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell about Wawagate.
And after that Grandfather Mole couldn't resist burrowing in the loose earth now and then.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
On the occasion referred to, some of our men, in their burrowing, threw out a considerable quantity of asbestos.Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
Not enough, perhaps, to start a stampede with—but enough to keep wise old hermits burrowing after it.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
Thus it is that brave men carry their crosses, and smile with the fox burrowing in their vitals.The Pocket R.L.S. | Robert Louis Stevenson
Some of the little claws were learning to hide themselves, burrowing down into the ash, lying in wait.Second Variety | Philip Kindred Dick
British Dictionary definitions for burrow
a hole or tunnel dug in the ground by a rabbit, fox, or other small animal, for habitation or shelter
a small snug place affording shelter or retreat
to dig (a burrow) in, through, or under (ground)
(intr often foll by through) to move through by or as by digging: to burrow through the forest
(intr) to hide or live in a burrow
(intr) to delve deeply: he burrowed into his pockets
to hide (oneself)
- burrower, noun
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