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gopher

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noun go·pher \ˈgō-fər\

Definition of gopher

  1. 1 :  a burrowing land tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) of the southern United States; broadly :  any of several related land tortoises —called also gopher tortoise

  2. 2 a :  any of a family (Geomyidae) of burrowing rodents of western North America, Central America, and the southern United States that are the size of a large rat and have large cheek pouches opening beside the mouth —called also pocket gopher b :  any of several small ground squirrels (genus Spermophilus) of the prairie region of North America

  3. 3 :  gopher ball

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Origin and Etymology of gopher

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1791


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gopher

noun go·pher \ˈgō-fər\

variant of

  1. :  an employee whose duties include running errands :  lackey


GOPHER Defined for Kids

gopher

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noun go·pher \ˈgō-fər\

Definition of gopher for Students

  1. 1 :  a burrowing animal that is about the size of a large rat and has a large fur-lined pouch on the outside of each cheek

  2. 2 :  a striped ground squirrel of North American prairies

  3. 3 :  a burrowing land tortoise of the southern United States


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