prairie dog


noun

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
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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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