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squirrel

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

Simple Definition of squirrel

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of squirrel

plural squirrels also squirrel

  1. 1 :  any of various small or medium-sized rodents (family Sciuridae, the squirrel family): asa :  any of numerous New or Old World arboreal forms having a long bushy tail and strong hind legsb :  ground squirrel

  2. 2 :  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

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squirrel

transitive verb squir·rel

Definition of squirrel

squirreled or squirrelledsquirreling or squirrelling

  1. :  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

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SQUIRREL Defined for Kids

squirrel

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noun squir·rel \ˈskwər-əl\

Definition of squirrel for Students

  1. :  a small gnawing animal that is a rodent usually with a bushy tail and soft fur and strong hind legs used especially for leaping among tree branches



History for squirrel

When a squirrel sits up, its long tail curves up and over its head and sometimes casts a shadow. The English word squirrel comes ultimately from the Greek word for a squirrel, skiouros, which is thought to mean “shadow-tailed” (skia, “shadow,” plus oura, “tail”).



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