prairie dog

noun
any of several burrowing rodents of the genus Cynomys, of North American prairies, having a barklike cry: some are endangered.

Origin:
1765–75, Americanism

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prairie dog
 
n
Also called: prairie marmot any of several gregarious sciurine rodents of the genus Cynomys, such as C. ludovicianus, that live in large complex burrows in the prairies of North America

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There were many burrowing owls that nested in the prairie dog holes.
While not strictly part of the petting zoo, the prairie dog exhibit is a major attraction for kids.
Prairie dog activities increase both plant and vertebrate diversity.
Ferrets and prairie dogs live in prairie dog towns in underground tunnels called burrows.
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