[ zeer-uh s ]
/ ˈzɪər əs /


an African ground squirrel of the genus Xerus, having spiny fur, very short ears, and a long tail, and including the species X. rutilus of northeastern Africa and X. erythropus of western and central Africa.

Nearby words

  1. xerosis,
  2. xerostomia,
  3. xerothermic,
  4. xerotic,
  5. xerox,
  6. xerxes,
  7. xerxes i,
  8. xhosa,
  9. xi,
  10. xi baryon

Origin of xerus

< New Latin (1833), apparently < Greek xērós dry, perhaps in reference to its rough fur

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