[sahy-yoo-rahyn, -rin]

Origin of sciurine

1835–45; < Latin sciūr(us) squirrel + -ine1
Related formssci·u·rid [sahy-yoo r-id] /saɪˈyʊər ɪd/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for sciurine


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Sciuridae, a family of rodents inhabiting most parts of the world except Australia and southern South America: includes squirrels, marmots, and chipmunks
  1. any sciurine animal

Word Origin for sciurine

C19: from Latin sciūrus, from Greek skiouros squirrel, from skia a shadow + oura a tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012