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xerus

[zeer-uh s] /ˈzɪər əs/
noun
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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.
Origin
< Neo-Latin (1833), apparently < Greek xērós dry, perhaps in reference to its rough fur
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