sciurid

sciurine

[sahy-yoo-rahyn, -rin]
adjective
of or pertaining to the squirrels and allied rodents of the family Sciuridae.

Origin:
1835–45; < Latin sciūr(us) squirrel + -ine1

sciurid [sahy-yoor-id] , noun
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sciurine (ˈsaɪjʊrɪn, -ˌraɪn)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Sciuridae, a family of rodents inhabiting most parts of the world except Australia and southern South America: includes squirrels, marmots, and chipmunks
 
n
2.  any sciurine animal
 
[C19: from Latin sciūrus, from Greek skiouros squirrel, from skia a shadow + oura a tail]

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