red squirrel


Definition of red squirrel

: a common and widely distributed North American squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) that has reddish upper parts and is smaller than the gray squirrel

Examples of red squirrel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While observing her surroundings, Crawford came upon a red squirrel and placed some nuts for the miniature mammal to eat. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Woodpecker gets aggressive with red squirrel over nuts: 'It was like they were going to have a fight'," 2 Sep. 2020 Of the many species that call it home, the Mount Graham red squirrel resides in critical habitat in the mountain islands that includes only spruce-fir forests above 9,200 feet. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Conservation groups sue to protect habitat for imperiled Mount Graham red squirrel," 18 June 2020 In response to an April 2019 lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon, the Fish and Wildlife Service agreed that designating additional critical habitat for the Mount Graham red squirrel may be warranted. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Conservation groups sue to protect habitat for imperiled Mount Graham red squirrel," 18 June 2020 One is the Mount Graham red squirrel, whose habitat was severely damaged by a wildfire in 2017. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "Coronavirus won't be the last outbreak. Climate change, waning habitat will drive disease," 30 Mar. 2020 Wood frogs waited in tundra ponds, magpies in shrub thickets, red squirrels in boreal woods. New York Times, "‘The Adventurer’s Son,’ by Roman Dial: An Excerpt," 18 Feb. 2020 Safford: After a devastating 2017 wildfire nearly wiped the species out, the Mount Graham red squirrel, the nation’s rarest small mammal, continues its slow climb out of the danger zone. USA TODAY, "Liquid oozes onto highway, red squirrels rising, floods, oysters, exploding ATM: News from around our 50 states," 24 Dec. 2019 The state Game and Fish Department says the Mount Graham red squirrel’s population is stabilizing, with a 4% increase recorded in September during an annual survey that produced an estimate of 78 squirrels, up from 75 in 2018. USA TODAY, "Bye-bye to Bei Bei, reverse bank robbery, squirrel survey: News from around our 50 states," 18 Nov. 2019 Paul wrote, pointing out that several biologists later showed that martens don’t eat a lot of red squirrels. Anchorage Daily News, "Raccoons, wild pigs and other bad ideas for Alaska," 28 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of red squirrel

1682, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 2020

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“Red squirrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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