Squirrel-tail

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Squirrel-tail any one of several grasses of the genus Hordeum, with long hair-like awns: a cap of squirrel-skins, with a tail hanging down behind
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escurel—Low L. scurellus, dim. of L. sciurus—Gr. skiourosskia, shade, oura, tail.

Usage

In literature:

Happy Jack Squirrel just flirted his big tail and rushed away as if he had many important things to attend to.
"Mother West Wind's Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
By constantly watching their movements I have learnt that the squirrel's tail has quite a language of its own.
"Wild Nature Won By Kindness" by Elizabeth Brightwen
How the two little squirrels' eyes popped out as Bushy-Tail told them of their home in the park, built for them out of boards and nails.
"Hazel Squirrel and Other Stories" by Howard B. Famous
They wore the common blue blouse and breeches, but were distinguished by squirrel tails fastened to their caps.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
I remember also a story of a Squirrel that lost his tail by an accident.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
Really, their quarrels were as bad as those that Jimmy Rabbit and Frisky Squirrel once had over the matter of tails.
"The Tale of Kiddie Katydid" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Like the squirrel, it sits upon its hind-limbs when eating, supporting itself with its prehensile tail.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Does the squirrel come down a tree head foremost, or tail foremost?
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
When in his home in the trees, the squirrel feels safe; so he curls his tail over his body and head to keep warm, and goes to sleep.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
The squirrels were wary, but a little dog limped up to him wagging a fragmentary tail and whining faintly.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
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In poetry:

Bees hummed, birds twittered, overhead
I heard the squirrels leaping,
The good dog listened while I read,
And wagged his tail in keeping.
"Burns" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

White tailed squirrels in Cedar Rapids.
Walking out of the house this morning I noticed four of these bleach white tailed squirrels playing around the trunk of the tree.
Although chinchillas are technically part of the rodent family, Alyssa said he looks more like a squirrel or rabbit because of his tail and ears.
At first I had only one little guy who had a snow white tail which led me to believe there was only one squirrel.
When con­fronting a heat-sensing rattlesnake, the squirrel's tail warms up a few degrees.
When a squirrel approaches a rattlesnake, it wags its tail and sends out an infrared signal from its tail.
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.
It's a bit smaller than some of the melanistic squirrels , and its tail is somewhat stringy.
You may see a cat crouched down, watching a squirrel that has wandered near kitty's habitat, tail twitching.
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