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squirrel (ˈskwɪrəl, US ˈskwɜːrəl, ˈskwʌr-)
n , pl -rels, -rel
1.  any arboreal sciurine rodent of the genus Sciurus, such as S. vulgaris (red squirrel) or S. carolinensis (grey squirrel), having a bushy tail and feeding on nuts, seeds, etcRelated: sciurine
2.  any other rodent of the family Sciuridae, such as a ground squirrel or a marmot
3.  the fur of such an animal
4.  informal a person who hoards things
vb (usually foll by away) , -rels, -rel, -rels, -relling, -relled, -rels, -reling, -reled
5.  informal to store for future use; hoard
Related: sciurine
[C14: from Old French esquireul, from Late Latin sciūrus, from Greek skiouros, from skia shadow + oura tail]

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