prairie dog

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noun

any of several burrowing rodents of the genus Cynomys, of North American prairies, having a barklike cry: some are endangered.

Nearby words

  1. prairie button snakeroot,
  2. prairie chicken,
  3. prairie clover,
  4. prairie crab apple,
  5. prairie crocus,
  6. prairie falcon,
  7. prairie fowl,
  8. prairie lily,
  9. prairie owl,
  10. prairie oyster

Origin of prairie dog

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75

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British Dictionary definitions for prairie dog

prairie dog

noun

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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