Abert squirrel

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noun \ˈā-bərt-\
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Abert's squirrel

Definition of Abert squirrel

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of abert squirrel

after James W. Abert †1897 American soldier and scientist


First Known Use: 1853


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