sciurine

[ sahy-yoo-rahyn, -rin ]
/ ˈsaɪ yʊˌraɪn, -rɪn /

adjective

of or relating to the squirrels and allied rodents of the family Sciuridae.

Nearby words

  1. scissortail,
  2. scissura,
  3. scissure,
  4. scituate,
  5. sciurid,
  6. sciuroid,
  7. scivvy,
  8. sclaff,
  9. sclc,
  10. sclent

Origin of sciurine

1835–45; < Latin sciūr(us) squirrel + -ine1

Related formssci·u·rid [sahy-yoo r-id] /saɪˈyʊər ɪd/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sciurine

sciurine

/ (ˈsaɪjʊrɪn, -ˌraɪn) /

adjective

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

noun

any sciurine animal

Word Origin for sciurine

C19: from Latin sciūrus, from Greek skiouros squirrel, from skia a shadow + oura a tail

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