prairie dog

noun
Updated on: 19 Feb 2018

Definition of prairie dog

: any of a genus (Cynomys) of gregarious burrowing rodents of the squirrel family chiefly of central and western U.S. plains; especially : a black-tailed rodent (C. ludovicianus) that usually lives in extensive colonial burrows

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First Known Use of prairie dog

1774


PRAIRIE DOG Defined for English Language Learners

prairie dog

noun

Definition of prairie dog for English Language Learners

  • : a small animal that lives on the prairies of the central and western U.S.


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prairie dog

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Definition of prairie dog for Students

: a burrowing animal of the prairies of the central and western United States that is related to the squirrel and lives in large colonies

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