noun \ˈskwər(-ə)l, ˈskwə-rəl, chiefly British ˈskwir-əl\

: a small animal with a long tail and soft fur that lives in trees

plural squirrels also squirrel

Full Definition of SQUIRREL

:  any of various small or medium-sized rodents (family Sciuridae, the squirrel family): as
a :  any of numerous New or Old World arboreal forms having a long bushy tail and strong hind legs
b :  ground squirrel
:  the fur of a squirrel

Origin of SQUIRREL

Middle English squirel, from Anglo-French escurel, esquirel, from Vulgar Latin *scuriolus, diminutive of scurius, alteration of Latin *sciurus, from Greek skiouros, probably from skia shadow + oura tail — more at shine, ass
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

Rhymes with SQUIRREL


transitive verb
squirreled or squirrelledsquirrel·ing or squirrel·ling

Definition of SQUIRREL

:  to store up for future use —often used with away <squirrel away some money>

Origin of SQUIRREL

from the squirrel's habit of storing up gathered nuts and seeds for winter use
First Known Use: 1925

Rhymes with SQUIRREL


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 260 species in 50 genera (family Sciuridae) of mostly diurnal rodents found almost worldwide. Many species are arboreal; some are terrestrial. All species have strong hind legs and a hairy tail. They vary widely in colour and form and range in total length from the 4-in. (10-cm) African pygmy squirrel to the giant squirrels of Asia, about 35 in. (90 cm) long. Tree dwellers live in a tree hollow or nest, and most are active year-round. Ground dwellers live in burrows, and many become dormant in winter (hibernate) or summer (estivate). Most species are primarily vegetarian and are fond of seeds and nuts; some eat insects or supplement their diet with animal protein. See also chipmunk; flying squirrel; ground squirrel; marmot; prairie dog.


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