black–tailed prairie dog

noun

Definition of black–tailed prairie dog

  1. :  a prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) of the plains of western North America with a black-tipped tail In the areas that black-tailed prairie dogs call home, population densities per acre typically range from two individuals to as many as 18. — Brendan Koerner, Slate, 13 Aug. 2004 These were black-tailed prairie dogs, the most social and widespread of the five species … — Ted Williams, Mother Jones, January/February 2000

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First Known Use of black–tailed prairie dog

circa 1928


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