Prairie squirrel

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prairie squirrel (Zoöl) any American ground squirrel of the genus Spermophilus, inhabiting prairies; -- called also gopher.
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Usage

In literature:

The prairie-dogs looked like squirrels "sitting up so cute," as Miss C. said, "dodging in and out of their holes.
"The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912" by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
Squirrels, ground-squirrels, gophers, prairie-dogs, and other small animals do serious damage in the course of a year on almost every farm.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
It is composed of rabbits, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, mice, and the like.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
The darling ambition of his life for some weeks was to catch one of the Picket-pin Ground-squirrels that swarmed on the prairie about the camp.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
In coming across the prairie we saw here and there colonies of odd little beasts that looked a cross between a squirrel and a rat.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
I had given up sleeping in the house, with its squirrel-cage rooms, preferring the soft prairie hay of the barn.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
In some respects he resembled a rabbit, a squirrel and a prairie dog.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
A little animal abounds in this region called the prairie squirrel.
"Journal of a Trip to California" by Charles W. Smith
Chipmunks were like small squirrels, and gophers were pretty striped little animals that played about on the prairie.
"Left on the Prairie" by M. B. Cox
Describe the homes of the following: woodchuck, mole, squirrel, rabbit, muskrat, prairie dog, beaver, bear.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
Their chief dependence for food is the guanaco that abounds in Tierra del Fuego and a prairie squirrel.
"The Gold Diggings of Cape Horn" by John R. Spears
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In news:

The black-tailed prairie dog is a member of the squirrel family and is closely related to the ground squirrel.
Part of the rodent family, prairie dogs are actually short-tailed, short-legged squirrels.
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