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burrow

noun bur·row \ ˈbər-(ˌ)ō ; ˈbə-(ˌ)rō \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of burrow

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

Examples of burrow in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of burrow

Middle English borow

burrow Synonyms

Synonyms
den, hole, house, lair, lodge
Related Words
nest; territory

Other Zoology Terms


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burrow

verb

Definition of burrow

transitive verb
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
2 a :to construct by tunneling
  • burrowed a dwelling
b :to penetrate by means of a burrow
  • The tunnel burrows its way under the mountain.
3 :to make a motion suggestive of burrowing with :nestle
  • burrows her hand into mine
intransitive verb
1 :to conceal oneself in or as if in a burrow
2 a :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
3 :to make a motion suggestive of burrowing :snuggle, nestle
  • burrowed against his back for warmth

burrower

noun

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.

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Origin and Etymology of burrow


BURROW Defined for English Language Learners

burrow

noun

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


burrow

verb

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

noun bur·row \ ˈbər-ō \

Definition of burrow for Students

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

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burrow

verb

Definition of burrow for Students

burrowed; burrowing
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 :to make a burrow
3 :to proceed by or as if by digging
  • He burrowed through his suitcase.

Medical Dictionary

burrow

noun bur·row \ ˈbər-(ˌ)ō, ˈbə-(ˌ)rō \

medical Definition of burrow

: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

verb


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