- any of several North American arboreal squirrels varying in color and of an exceptionally large size.
Origin of fox squirrel
An Americanism dating back to 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for fox squirrel
Gray squirrels and the young of the fox-squirrel eat the buds and flowers as well as the cone-shaped fruit.
In the West and South, a large squirrel, that is partly red and partly gray, is called a fox-squirrel.Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors
- a large squirrel, Sciurus niger, occurring in E North America
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