pika

noun
pi·​ka | \ ˈpī-kə How to pronounce pika (audio) , ˈpē- How to pronounce pika (audio) \

Definition of pika

: 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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Examples of pika in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That means considering the smaller animals, such as shrews, voles, jumping mice, and pika, too. Starre Vartan, National Geographic, "How wildlife bridges over highways make animals—and people—safer," 16 Apr. 2019 On June 7, this story was updated to correct inaccuracies about the American pika. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "What is extinction? The answer is complicated.," 29 May 2019 The American pika, a cold-loving relative of rabbits, is often erroneously reported to be moving to higher locations as the climate warms. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "What is extinction? The answer is complicated.," 29 May 2019 Native to the Tianshan Mountains of northwestern China, the Ili pika was discovered in 1983, and few have shown their squeal-worthy faces since. National Geographic, "Rare Bunny-Faced Mammal Captured on Video," 14 June 2018 Members of the public interested in joining the pika watch can register with the zoo online. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Zoo to lead study of vulnerable pika in wake of Eagle Creek Fire," 16 Mar. 2018 The American pika, a relative of the rabbit, is usually found at high elevations. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Zoo to lead study of vulnerable pika in wake of Eagle Creek Fire," 16 Mar. 2018 In Zion, as maximum temperatures in the summer have risen, the heat-intolerant American pika, a tiny mammal related to rabbits, has disappeared. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: GOP lawmakers pressed Trump to waive Jones Act for Puerto Rico," 28 Sep. 2017 The common dishes are red rice, barbecue ribs, tinaktak, kadun pika, kelaguen, eskabeche, pancit, japchae, potato salad, poke, lumpia, adobo and of course, the military-menu staple, Spam. Author: Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Alaska Dispatch News, "These are the answers to all the questions you suddenly have about Guam," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of pika

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pika

perhaps from Evenki (Tungusic language of Siberia)

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31 Jan 2020

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“Pika.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pikas. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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