Sciurus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Sciurus type genus of the Sciuridae; typical moderate-sized arboreal squirrels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sciurus (Zoöl) A genus of rodents comprising the common squirrels.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sciurus A Linnean genus of Sciuridæ, now restricted to arboreal squirrels with a very long bushy distichous tail and no parachute. The species are numerous, particularly in North America. The common squirrel of Europe is S. vulgaris. The chickaree or red squirrel of America is S. hudsonius. The common gray squirrel is S. carolinensis. The fox-squirrel or cat-squirrel is S. cinereus, which runs into many varieties. A large and beautiful gray squirrel with tufted ears and a red back is S. aberti, inhabiting southwestern parts of the United States. S. fossor is a very large gray Californian species. There are many in Mexico, and S. æstuans is South American. Many also inhabit the warmer parts of Asia. See also cuts under squirrel, chickaree, and fox-squirrel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sciurus a genus of Sciuridæ, the arboreal squirrels
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a squirrel, Gr. . See Squirrel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. skiouros.

Usage

In literature:

This is the Douglas squirrel (Sciurus Douglasi).
"Steep Trails" by John Muir
Sciurus, a name formed of two Greek words, signifying shade and tail, because the tail serves this animal for an umbrella.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 2 of 2)" by George Warburton
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In news:

Squirrels Week / Food & Drink Interview with Carol Sciurus, eastern gray squirrel .
Squirrels Week / Food & Drink Interview with Carol Sciurus , eastern gray squirrel.
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