ground squirrel

any of several terrestrial rodents of the squirrel family, as of the genus Citellus and chipmunks of the genus Tamias. circ;circ;

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ground squirrel
Also called: gopher any burrowing sciurine rodent of the genus Citellus and related genera, resembling chipmunks and occurring in North America, E Europe, and Asia

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Example sentences
Because rattlesnakes can sense infrared radiation, a hot tail makes the ground
  squirrel look even bigger.
The two ground squirrel species chew up shed snake skins and lick their fur to
  acquire the scent of their predators.
Keep your eyes peeled for the resident ground squirrel population.
They gathered all the dried dates but left the ground squirrel its acorns and
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