Arctic ground squirrel

noun
variants: or less commonly arctic ground squirrel or Arctic squirrel or arctic squirrel

Definition of Arctic ground squirrel

:a large ground squirrel (Spermophilus parryii) of Alaska, northwestern Canada, and Siberia, that is grayish tan with a reddish face and chest, lives in large colonies, and hibernates for long periods in underground burrows
  • When we hiked across the tundra, we were greeted by Arctic ground squirrels, called sik sik by natives for their scolding tone.
  • —Michael DobrinLos Angeles Times5 Aug. 2007
  • A biologist in Alaska has uncovered a hibernating mammal that routinely tolerates a body temperature below zero. The creature in question is the arctic ground squirrel, Spermophilus parryii.
  • —Stephen YoungNew Scientist29 July 1989
  • … frequent stops to view caribou, moose, foxes, Dall sheep, eagles, hawks, Arctic squirrels and beavers …
  • —Florence FabricantNew York Times6 Sept. 1992

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First Known Use of arctic ground squirrel

1820


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