pika

[pahy-kuh]
noun
any of several small, brown to gray tailless mammals of the genus Ochotona, resembling rabbits with short ears and legs and inhabiting western mountains of North America and parts of eastern Europe and Asia.

Origin:
1820–30; recorded by the German naturalist P.S. Pallas (1741–1811) as the name for the animal in Evenki; compare Evenki (N Baikal dial.) pikačān a name for the tree creeper (Certhia familiaris), apparently based on Russian píkatʾ to squeak, peep (compare Russian pishchúkha a name for both the tree creeper and the pika, which emits a shrill sound)

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pika (ˈpaɪkə)
 
n
Also called: cony any burrowing lagomorph mammal of the family Ochotonidae of mountainous regions of North America and Asia, having short rounded ears, a rounded body, and rudimentary tail
 
[C19: from Tungusic piika]

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Unless you are an avid mountain hiker, you have probably never seen a pika.
Cony is a generic term used to describe many small rock-dwelling mammals including pika and hyrax.
Species found in this habitat include gray-crowned rosy finch, pika and golden mantled ground squirrel.
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