prairie dog

noun

Definition of prairie dog

  1. :  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.


PRAIRIE DOG Defined for Kids

prairie dog

noun

Definition of prairie dog for Students

  1. :  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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