gray squirrel

noun

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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The prisoner was an Eastern gray squirrel, the species — Sciurus carolinensis — that had been infuriating President Dwight D. Eisenhower by burying nuts in the golf practice hole that had been installed on the White House grounds. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In 1955, the White House waged warfare against some furry terrorists: squirrels," 14 Apr. 2018 California has several squirrel-like critters: the gray squirrel, Douglas squirrel, ground squirrel, chipmunk and chickaree. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "At summer campsite, cute squirrels can go rogue," 9 July 2018 The species, too, include the abundant (gray squirrel and cottontail rabbit) to the seldom seen (fisher and gray fox). Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Snapshot Wisconsin trail cam project poised to go statewide," 6 July 2018 Scurius, a nut-hoarding gray squirrel played with surprising gravitas by Terence Archie, lives comfortably and regally with his family in the hollow of a tree. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla Playhouse's apocalyptic 'Squirrels' a dark, funny look at prejudice," 14 June 2018 The data shows that, while five species—most of them invasive like gray squirrels and muntjac deer—have expanded their range over the last two decades, many others are in steep decline, and some should be considered critically endangered. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The UK’s Hedgehogs (and Other Mammals) Are In Danger," 16 June 2018 But an opportunistic gray squirrel named Sciuridae, played with gleeful scene-stealing bravado by two-time Tony nominee Brad Oscar, preys on Scurius’ prejudices. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla Playhouse's apocalyptic 'Squirrels' a dark, funny look at prejudice," 14 June 2018 Responding to Bob Sloan’s plea for help with his apple-eating Western gray squirrels, readers shared their tips for how to keep squirrels out of fruit trees. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Use creative props to combat fruit-stealing squirrels | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Mar. 2018 This can take some ingenuity as the average gray squirrel can jump at least 4 feet straight up in the air, 8 to 10 feet sideways, and more than that when jumping down from above. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "8 Ways To Keep Squirrels Away From Your Bird Feeders," 20 June 2017

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1674, in the meaning defined above

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