ground squirrel

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noun

any of several terrestrial rodents of the squirrel family, as of the genus Citellus and chipmunks of the genus Tamias.circ;circ;

Origin of ground squirrel

An Americanism dating back to 1680–90
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ground squirrel

noun

any burrowing sciurine rodent of the genus Citellus and related genera, resembling chipmunks and occurring in North America, E Europe, and AsiaAlso called: gopher

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