gray squirrel


Definition of gray squirrel

: a common light gray to black squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) that is native to eastern North America and has been introduced into Great Britain and South Africa

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Recent Examples on the Web Another gray squirrel perched on an oak limb, its tail flicking with every bark. Johnny Carrol Sain, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Squirrels," 6 Oct. 2020 Peter is an Eastern gray squirrel who hangs out near the home of Dan Reisdorf, landscape architect at Milaeger’s in Racine. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Squirrels love pumpkin: Meet Peter the Pumpkin Eater," 1 Oct. 2020 Roadkill of western gray squirrels, rabbits, ring-necked snakes and western toads has plummeted to zero, according to Hans, a wildlife expert with the nonprofit Friends of Griffith Park. Los Angeles Times, "Coyotes, falcons, deer and other wildlife are reclaiming L.A. territory as humans stay at home," 21 Apr. 2020 The latter also offers a half-day expedition with staff falconers during which the birds hunt eastern gray squirrels in local forests. Kate Donnelly, Travel + Leisure, "Discover the Thrill of Falconry at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs," 22 Apr. 2020 Directly in front of Hans on Saturday, western gray squirrels casually crossed Fern Dell Drive at Griffith Park’s southwestern edge, near where it had been cordoned off with yellow tape. Los Angeles Times, "Coyotes, falcons, deer and other wildlife are reclaiming L.A. territory as humans stay at home," 21 Apr. 2020 The gray squirrels are Douglas and Phyllis—two lovely, soft, blue-gray names. Liana Finck, The New York Review of Books, "Rear Window," 15 Mar. 2020 Some squirrels are known to hide nuts and eat them later on during hibernation, but gray squirrels do not hibernate. Fox News, "Incredible pictures show 'fattest squirrel in the UK' and it can't stop eating," 26 Jan. 2020 The females most often feed on the blood of the eastern chipmunk, the gray squirrel and fox squirrel. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Mosquito-borne La Crosse encephalitis sickens Lake County resident," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of gray squirrel

1674, in the meaning defined above

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6 Nov 2020

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“Gray squirrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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