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ground squirrel

any of several terrestrial rodents of the squirrel family, as of the genus Citellus and chipmunks of the genus Tamias. circ;circ;
Origin of ground squirrel
1680-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then you will hear the voice of the ground-squirrel; still you must not rise.

  • It was a ground-squirrel which the fox had chased out of its winter nest.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes William H. G. Kingston
  • And while he slept the ground-squirrel ravaged the pockets of his shabby coat.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Edith married me two months after you did the ground-squirrel act.

    Options O. Henry
  • With all his wisdom, man has not evolved and placed here so much as a ground-squirrel, a sparrow or a clam.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Did I tell you I bagged a duck and a ground-squirrel at one shot last week over in the Ramapos?

  • A ground-squirrel frisked along a chink between the logs, chattering welcome.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • The ground-squirrel possesses the same attribute, to a limited extent.

  • One of the members presented a question as to why a ground-squirrel in digging left no dirt around the entrance to its hole.

  • The ground-squirrel's first chirrup heard, a sure sign, according to some old worthies, of decided spring weather.

British Dictionary definitions for ground-squirrel

ground squirrel

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