noun bur·row \ˈbər-(ˌ)ō; ˈbə-(ˌ)rō\

: a hole or tunnel in the ground that an animal (such as a rabbit or fox) makes to live in or for safety

Full Definition of BURROW

:  a hole or excavation in the ground made by an animal (as a rabbit) for shelter and habitation

Examples of BURROW

  1. <the chipmunk retreated to its burrow to have its babies>

Origin of BURROW

Middle English borow
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to BURROW

Other Zoology Terms

altruism, integument



: to make a hole or tunnel in the ground by digging

: to move or press under, through, or into something

Full Definition of BURROW

transitive verb
archaic :  to hide in or as if in a burrow
a :  to construct by tunneling
b :  to penetrate by means of a burrow
:  to make a motion suggestive of burrowing with :  nestle <burrows her hand into mine>
intransitive verb
:  to conceal oneself in or as if in a burrow
a :  to make a burrow
b :  to progress by or as if by digging
:  to make a motion suggestive of burrowing :  snuggle, nestle <burrowed against his back for warmth>
bur·row·er noun

Examples of BURROW

  1. The rabbit burrowed into the side of the hill.
  2. The frogs burrow under the mud.
  3. The mole burrowed its way under the ground.

First Known Use of BURROW


Rhymes with BURROW


noun bur·row \ˈbər-(ˌ)ō, ˈbə-(ˌ)rō\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BURROW

:  a passage or gallery formed in or under the skin by the wandering of a parasite (as the mite of scabies or a foreign hookworm)
burrow verb


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