spermophile

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spermophile any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worlds; often destroy crops
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spermophile (Zoöl) Any ground squirrel of the genus Spermophilus; a gopher. See Illust. under Gopher.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spermophile A rodent quadruped of the genus Spermophilus, as a ground-squirrel or suslik, of which there are numerous species in Europe, Asia, and North America. See cuts under suslik and Spermophilus.
    • n spermophile A fringilline bird of the genus Spermophila; a little seed-eater, of which there are numerous Central and South American species. See cut under grassquit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spermophile sper′mō-fīl a rodent of the genus Spermophilus, a ground-squirrel.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. spe`rma a seed + fi`los loving, fond
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sperma, seed, philein, to love.

Usage

In literature:

The larger spermophiles that live near the spring and keep awake to work all day, come and go at no particular hour, drinking sparingly.
"The Land of Little Rain" by Mary Austin
He is called the Thirteen-lined Spermophile.
"The Burgess Animal Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
Every boy and girl loves the little fairy, airy striped chipmunk, half squirrel, half spermophile.
"The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" by John Muir
These are the spermophiles, and some species of these have more capacious pouches than others.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
These are the spermophiles, and some species of these have more capacious pouches than others.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Harris saw a Spermophile, of what species none of us could tell.
"Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2" by Maria R. Audubon
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