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prairie dog

noun

Simple Definition of prairie dog

  • : a small animal that lives on the prairies of the central and western U.S.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prairie dog

  1. :  any of a genus (Cynomys) of gregarious burrowing rodents of the squirrel family chiefly of central and western United States plains; especially :  a black-tailed rodent (C. ludovicianus) that usually lives in extensive colonial burrows

Illustration of prairie dog

1774

First Known Use of prairie dog

1774


PRAIRIE DOG Defined for Kids

prairie dog

noun

Definition of prairie dog for Students

  1. :  a burrowing animal of the prairies of the central and western United States that is related to the squirrel and lives in large colonies




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