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red squirrel

a reddish squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, of North America.
Also called chickaree.
Origin of red squirrel
1630-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is a little darker in colour than the red-squirrel of the East, but I find no other difference.

    Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton
  • It is a creature of amazing agility, so much so that it commonly runs down the red-squirrel among the tree tops.

    Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton
  • The widest spread is probably the red-squirrel; but the best known in the United States is the common gray-squirrel.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • "Him and me's chums," my small sister said of the red-squirrel that hung around the log-barn.

    Forest Neighbors William Davenport Hulbert
British Dictionary definitions for red-squirrel

red squirrel

a reddish-brown squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, inhabiting woodlands of Europe and parts of Asia
American red squirrel, chickaree, either of two reddish-brown squirrels, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus or T. douglasii, inhabiting forests of North America
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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