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fox squirrel

  1. any of several North American arboreal squirrels varying in color and of an exceptionally large size.
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Origin of fox squirrel

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85
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Historical Examples of fox squirrel

  • Gray squirrels and the young of the fox-squirrel eat the buds and flowers as well as the cone-shaped fruit.

    Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885


  • In the West and South, a large squirrel, that is partly red and partly gray, is called a fox-squirrel.

British Dictionary definitions for fox squirrel

fox squirrel

  1. a large squirrel, Sciurus niger, occurring in E North America
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