ground squirrel


: any of various burrowing North American and Eurasian rodents (especially genus Spermophilus) of the squirrel family that often live in colonies especially in open areas (such as grasslands)

called also spermophile

Examples of ground squirrel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many types of animals can be affected by plague, including rock squirrels, wood rats, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, mice, voles and rabbits. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 9 July 2024 In Levin park, Parham has photographed the hawks vocalizing, posturing handsomely and in one grisly instance — captured with dramatic, Caravaggio-like shadows — ripping apart a hapless ground squirrel. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 6 July 2024 Tree and ground squirrels are tough to control in an open garden bed. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 June 2024 An increase in trash attracted more ground squirrels and ravens, the latter of which feed on the young of endangered desert tortoises. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for ground squirrel 

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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ground squirrel was in 1688

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“Ground squirrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

ground squirrel

: any of numerous burrowing rodents (as gophers and chipmunks) that differ from true squirrels in having cheek pouches and shorter fur

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