• WordNet 3.6
    • n pika small short-eared burrowing mammal of rocky uplands of Asia and western North America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pika (Zoöl) Any one of several species of tailless rodents of the genus Ochotonaformerly Lagomys), resembling small rabbits, but with short ears alnd legs. They inhabit the high mountains of Asia and America. Called also calling hare, and crying hare and rock rabbit. See Chief hare.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pika A small rodent quadruped of the genus Lagomys, family Lagomyidæ, belonging to the duplicidentate or lagomorphic series of the Rodentia, inhabiting alpine regions of the northern hemisphere. It is of about the size of a rat, with soft fur, large rounded ears, and very short tail. There are several species. Also called calling-hare, little chief hare, rat-hare, and cony. See cut under Lagomys.
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In literature:

He has a family all to himself and should be called a Pika.
"The Burgess Animal Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
On the wildest and most desolate peaks and rock piles is found the cony or pika or "rock rabbit" as it is variously called.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
Pungent = pika, morda.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
And that is how Little Chief the Pika learned to make hay while the sun shone in the days of plenty.
"Mother West Wind "Where" Stories" by Thornton W. Burgess
So far as I know they do not store food as do their diurnal relatives, the pikas.
"A Synopsis of the North American Lagomorpha" by E. Raymond Hall
Conies (pikas) are common throughout the rock slides, where these little animals find numerous refuges.
"Grand Teton [Wyoming] National Park" by United States Dept. of the Interior
Externally it is something like the Pikas, since it has no tail visible.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard

In news:

State wildlife officials are seeking public comments on the status of the American pika in California.
A furry, big-eared relative of the rabbit, pikas live mostly in high, rocky mountain slopes in 10 Western states.
As the West warms, scientists say some pikas have tried to move upslope to find cooler refuges but have run out of room.
Pikas that are exposed to temperatures over 80 degrees Fahrenheit tend to overheat and die.
" Pikas are intolerant to higher temperatures, and the scientists are finding that the lower-elevation populations are disappearing," said Shaye Wolf, a biologist on staff of the Center for Biological Diversity.
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As temperatures warm, lower-elevation pikas won't be able to survive at all, goes the thinking, and higher-elevation pikas will be driven ever higher, until they're eventually pushed off the tops of their mountains and into oblivion.
Research suggests the species is the rarest of the lagomorphs, the taxonomic order that includes rabbits, hares and pikas.
Wildflowers, marmots, pikas, superb mountain views, alpine tarns and streams, Indian game drive walls and blinds.
Mike Yoshida, Pika, Scott Stevens, Chris Beresford and Jesse Burtner head out in to the frozen north in search of Moby Trick, the great white whale of stunts.