Abert squirrel

noun \ ˈā-bərt- \
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 MuenkerDenver Post2003
  • … 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 StanleyArizona Republic2009
called also tassel-eared squirrel

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Origin and Etymology of abert squirrel

after James W. Abert †1897 American soldier and scientist


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