Abert squirrel

\ ˈā-bərt- How to pronounce Abert squirrel (audio) \
variants: or Abert's squirrel

Definition of Abert squirrel

: a large, chiefly tree-dwelling, dark gray squirrel (Sciurus aberti) with long tufted ears and white underparts that is found primarily in forests of ponderosa pine in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and northern Mexico Mule deer, Abert squirrels and other wildlife often appear along the trails …— Nancy Muenker, Denver Post, 2003 … the only wildlife we spotted, other than birds and lizards, was an Abert's squirrel, which shook its bushy, skunklike tail at us before scampering into the woods.— John Stanley, Arizona Republic, 2009

called also tassel-eared squirrel

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First Known Use of Abert squirrel

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Abert squirrel

after James W. Abert †1897 American soldier and scientist

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“Abert squirrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Abert%20squirrel. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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