pika

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noun pi·ka \ˈpē-kə, ˈpī-\

Definition of pika

  1. :  any of various short-eared small lagomorph mammals (family Ochotonidae) of rocky uplands of Asia and western North America with relatively short hind legs —called also coney, rock rabbit

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Origin and Etymology of pika

perhaps from Evenki (Tungusic language of Siberia)


First Known Use: 1827


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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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