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sewellel

[suh-wel-uh l] /səˈwɛl əl/
noun
Origin
1806
1806, Americanism; < Lower Chinook š-walál robe of mountain beaver skins, understood as the animal itself
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sewellel

/sɪˈwɛləl/
noun
1.
the mountain beaver See beaver1 (sense 3)
Word Origin
C19: probably from Chinook
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mountain beaver

a muskrat-sized burrowing rodent found only in the Pacific Northwest of North America. Unlike the American and Eurasian beavers (genus Castor), the mountain beaver has an extremely short tail and is less than a half metre (1.6 feet) in length; weight is less than 2 kg (4.4 pounds)

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