black-tailed prairie dog

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Definition of black-tailed prairie dog

: 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Black-tailed prairie dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black-tailed%20prairie%20dog. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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