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gopher

noun go·pher \ ˈgō-fər \

Definition of gopher

1 :a burrowing land tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) of the southern U.S.; broadly :any of several related land tortoises called also gopher tortoise
2 a :any of a family (Geomyidae) of burrowing rodents of western North America, Central America, and the southern U.S. 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

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Origin and Etymology of gopher

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gopher

noun go·pher

Less common spelling of

informal
:an employee whose duties include running errands :lackey

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GOPHER Defined for Kids

gopher

noun go·pher \ ˈgō-fər \

Definition of gopher for Students

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 :a striped ground squirrel of North American prairies
3 :a burrowing land tortoise of the southern United States


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