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burrow

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noun bur·row \ˈbər-(ˌ)ō; ˈbə-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of burrow

  1. :  a hole or excavation in the ground made by an animal (as a rabbit) for shelter and habitation

Examples of burrow in a sentence

  1. <the chipmunk retreated to its burrow to have its babies>

Origin and Etymology of burrow

Middle English borow


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Zoology Terms


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burrow

verb bur·row

Definition of burrow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to hide in or as if in a hole in the ground made by an animal for shelter and habitation :  to hide in or as if in a burrow <was burrowed in his cave>

  3. 2a :  to construct by tunneling <burrowed a dwelling>b :  to penetrate by means of a burrow <The tunnel burrows its way under the mountain.>

  4. 3 :  to make a motion suggestive of burrowing with :  nestle <burrows her hand into mine>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to conceal oneself in or as if in a burrow

  7. 2a :  to make a burrow <A fox had burrowed into the side of the hill.>b :  to progress by or as if by digging <burrowing through a pile of paperwork>

  8. 3 :  to make a motion suggestive of burrowing :  snuggle, nestle <burrowed against his back for warmth>

burrower

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Examples of burrow in a sentence

  1. The rabbit burrowed into the side of the hill.

  2. The frogs burrow under the mud.

  3. The mole burrowed its way under the ground.

Origin and Etymology of burrow

see 1burrow


First Known Use: 1596


BURROW Defined for English Language Learners

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burrow

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noun bur·row \ˈbər-(ˌ)ō; ˈbə-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of burrow for English Language Learners

  • : a hole or tunnel in the ground that an animal (such as a rabbit or fox) makes to live in or for safety


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burrow

verb bur·row

Definition of burrow for English Language Learners

  • : to make a hole or tunnel in the ground by digging

  • : to move or press under, through, or into something


BURROW Defined for Kids

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burrow

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noun bur·row \ˈbər-ō\

Definition of burrow for Students

  1. :  a hole in the ground made by an animal (as a rabbit or fox) for shelter or protection


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burrow

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verb bur·row

Definition of burrow for Students

burrowed

burrowing

  1. 1 :  to hide in or as if in a burrow <… she burrowed face downward into the pillow … — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables>

  2. 2 :  to make a burrow

  3. 3 :  to proceed by or as if by digging <He burrowed through his suitcase.>


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burrow

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noun bur·row \ˈbər-(ˌ)ō, ˈbə-(ˌ)rō\

Medical Definition of burrow

  1. :  a passage or gallery formed in or under the skin by the wandering of a parasite (as the mite of scabies or a foreign hookworm)

burrow

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