gray squirrel

[ grey-skwur-uhl, skwuhr‐ ]
/ ˈgreɪ ˈskwɜr əl, ˈskwʌr‐ /

noun

a gray-colored arboreal squirrel: North American species include the eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) of the eastern and midwestern U.S. and southeastern Canada, the western gray squirrel (S. griseus) of the coastal western U.S. and Mexico, the Arizona gray squirrel (S. arizonensis) of eastern Arizona and adjacent Mexico, and the Mexican gray squirrel (S. aureogaster), found from Guatemala north through eastern Mexico to the Florida Keys.

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Origin of gray squirrel

An Americanism dating back to 1615–25
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Example sentences from the Web for gray squirrel

  • They had come upon the winter storehouse of a gray-squirrel family.

    Everyday Adventures|Samuel Scoville
  • Most of the nut trees in the woods of this region were planted by the gray-squirrel.

    Boy Scouts Handbook|Boy Scouts of America