prairie dog

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prairie dog any of several rodents of North American prairies living in large complex burrows having a barking cry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Prairie dogs are not dogs. A prairie dog is a kind of rodent.
    • Prairie dog (Zoöl) a small American rodent (Cynomys Ludovicianus) allied to the marmots. It inhabits the plains west of the Mississippi. The prairie dogs burrow in the ground in large warrens, and have a sharp bark like that of a dog. Called also prairie marmot.
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Usage

In literature:

There was but one place to look for him, and that was among the prairie-dog holes.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
The little prairie dogs had their villages the same as the Indians.
"Dangers of the Trail in 1865" by Charles E Young
Prairie dogs are smart.
"The Eternal Wall" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Villages of prairie dogs here and there seem to be about all the living things that the traveler sees.
"A Soldier in the Philippines" by Needom N. Freeman
A rattlesnake above a prairie dog's hole slid into the mesquit.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
The prairie-dog, found upon the plains in the West, is very much like a small woodchuck.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
They are really a species of prairie-dog.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
Prairie-dogs and Rocky Mountains!
"A Bookful of Girls" by Anna Fuller
And last and least, and more numerous than all, were the smaller "chucks" resembling prairie dogs.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
Pity you weren't a prairie-dog that eats sand when he gets a thirst on him.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
Rufe picked up the last two prairie chickens and followed Jack, who ran to overtake the dog and horse.
"The Young Surveyor;" by J. T. Trowbridge
Prairie dogs by the million lived and burrowed in the ground over a vast region.
"A Gold Hunter's Experience" by Chalkley J. Hambleton
He well knew that Sinclair cared no more for Seagrue than for a prairie-dog.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
In some respects he resembled a rabbit, a squirrel and a prairie dog.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
Then came the "loping" dogs, coyotes, prairie wolves.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
He is a zoological fact, with his parallel in every herd of prairie dogs.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
The chattering of a few prairie dogs only served to intensify the great, mysterious silence.
"Mystery Ranch" by Arthur Chapman
But these and a village of saucy prairie-dogs were the only signs of life.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
Where are your prairie dogs?
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
If it were a river, then the prairie-dog mounds they had just passed were mountains.
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford
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In poetry:

The moon's a little prairie-dog.
He shivers through the night.
He sits upon his hill and cries
For fear that I will bite.
"What The Rattlesnake Said" by Vachel Lindsay
The stage-driver was tellin’ when he hit the sagebrush flat
That’s south of Cactus Center, Bill jest wept behind his hat,
And he nearly went plum dotty, his joy was so intense,
At the prairie dogs a-scoldin’ behind each wire fence.
"The Cowboys Homing" by Arthur Chapman

In news:

Tomorrow, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil will tell us how long before spring approaches, but today the Denver Zoo is giving the spotlight to the prairie dog, writes The Denver Post.
The Detroit Zoo is home to over 70 black-tailed prairie dogs.
I read in an Abilene Reporter-News article that the Abilene Prairie Dogs baseball team have finished their 2012 season early.
(AP) — State wildlife officials have denied a request by the US Forest Service to move as many as 2,000 prairie dogs in northeast Wyoming.
Prairie Dog Pick 'em Week 4.
A disease that can devastate prairie dog colonies has been confirmed on the Fort Pierre National Grassland in South Dakota.
(AP) — Some people in Campbell County are expressing concern about a plan to transplant prairie dogs in northeast Wyoming.
SD prairie dog control requests due Aug 15.
South Dakota ranchers and farmers with prairie dog complaints can contact the Game, Fish and Parks and Agriculture departments.
Feds pass on more Utah prairie dog protections.
Federal wildlife officials say the Utah prairie dog doesn't warrant stronger protections under the US Endangered Species Act.
New Federal Rule Allows Killing Airport's Prairie Dogs.
Learn some new jokes from this prairie dog.
Prairie Dog Homes And Companions.
WIENKE WAS CITED AFTER HE WAS SEEN SHOOTING AT A PRAIRIE DOG IN AN AREA WHERE THAN A DOZEN OF THE ANIMALS HAVE BEEN SHOT AND KILLED IN THE PAST MONTH HE SAYS THIS WAS THE ONLY TIME HE HAD SHOT AT A PRAIRIE DOG.
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In science:

In each successively increasing critical level ti > 0 ask whether the 2-handle attached at ti can be replaced, as in the Prairie-Dog Lemma 5.4, by a 2-handle that lies in W .
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
In each successively increasing critical level ti > 0 ask whether the 2handle attached at ti can be replaced, as in the Prairie-Dog Lemma 5.4, by a 2-handle that lies in V .
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
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