any of several burrowing rodents of the genus Cynomys, of North American prairies, having a barklike cry: some are endangered.
Origin of prairie dog
An Americanism dating back to 1765–75
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for prairie dog
Historical Examples of prairie dog
As soon as the Prairie-dog sat up with some food in his hand she froze into a statue.
A Prairie-dog hole is shaped like a funnel, going straight down.
He well knew that Sinclair cared no more for Seagrue than for a prairie-dog.
There was but one place to look for him, and that was among the prairie-dog holes.
Men who had been living on horse or prairie-dog would not be fastidious.
British Dictionary definitions for prairie dog
any of several gregarious sciurine rodents of the genus Cynomys, such as C. ludovicianus, that live in large complex burrows in the prairies of North AmericaAlso called: prairie marmot
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