[ skwur-uhl, skwuhr- or, especially British, skwir-uhl ]
/ 藞skw蓽r 蓹l, 藞skw蕦r- or, especially British, 藞skw瑟r 蓹l /
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noun, plural squir路rels, (especially collectively) squir路rel.
any of numerous arboreal, bushy-tailed rodents of the genus Sciurus, of the family Sciuridae.
any of various other members of the family Sciuridae, as the chipmunks, flying squirrels, and woodchucks.
the meat of such an animal.
the pelt or fur of such an animal: a coat trimmed with squirrel.
verb (used with object), squir路reled, squir路rel路ing or (especially British) squir路relled, squir路rel路ling.
to store or hide (money, valuables, etc.), usually for the future (often followed by away): I've squirreled away a few dollars for an emergency.
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Origin of squirrel

1325鈥75; Middle English squirel<Anglo-French escuirel (Old French escuireul) 鈮 Vulgar Latin *sc奴rellus,*sc奴riolus, representing Latin sciurus (<Greek sk铆ouros literally, shadow-tailed (ski() shadow + -ouros, adj. derivative of our谩 tail); apparently so called because the tail was large enough to provide shade for the rest of the animal) with diminutive suffixes -ellus, -olus


squir路rel路ish, squir路rel路like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squirrel

/ (藞skw瑟r蓹l, US 藞skw蓽藧r蓹l, 藞skw蕦r-) /

noun plural -rels or -rel
any arboreal sciurine rodent of the genus Sciurus, such as S. vulgaris (red squirrel) or S. carolinensis (grey squirrel), having a bushy tail and feeding on nuts, seeds, etcRelated adjective: sciurine
any other rodent of the family Sciuridae, such as a ground squirrel or a marmot
the fur of such an animal
informal a person who hoards things
verb -rels, -relling or -relled or esp US -rels, -reling or -reled
(tr usually foll by away) informal to store for future use; hoard

Derived forms of squirrel

squirrel-like, adjective

Word Origin for squirrel

C14: from Old French esquireul, from Late Latin sci奴rus, from Greek skiouros, from skia shadow + oura tail
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