prairie dog



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 Unabridged 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.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • A Prairie-dog hole is shaped like a funnel, going straight down.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • He well knew that Sinclair cared no more for Seagrue than for a prairie-dog.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman

  • There was but one place to look for him, and that was among the prairie-dog holes.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • Men who had been living on horse or prairie-dog would not be fastidious.

    Under Fire

    Charles King

British Dictionary definitions for prairie dog

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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