noun go·pher \ˈgō-fər\

Definition of GOPHER

:  a burrowing land tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) of the southern United States; broadly :  any of several related land tortoises —called also gopher tortoise
a :  any of a family (Geomyidae) of burrowing rodents of western North America, Central America, and the southern United States that are the size of a large rat and have large cheek pouches opening beside the mouth —called also pocket gopher
b :  any of several small ground squirrels (genus Spermophilus) of the prairie region of North America

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Origin of GOPHER

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1791

Rhymes with GOPHER


Definition of GOPHER

variant of gofer
GOPHER Defined for Kids


noun go·pher \ˈgō-fər\

Definition of GOPHER for Kids

:  a burrowing animal that is about the size of a large rat and has a large fur-lined pouch on the outside of each cheek
:  a striped ground squirrel of North American prairies
:  a burrowing land tortoise of the southern United States
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