red squirrel


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But recent research has shown the disease not only persists in Britain but, perhaps more alarmingly, is also being carried by one of our best loved and most endangered native mammals, the red squirrel. Stephen Harrison, Discover Magazine, 10 Nov. 2016 The Mount Graham red squirrel population peaked in the 1990s at about 550. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 29 Dec. 2022 Understanding what’s going on could help us in our efforts to protect and regrow the red squirrel population. Stephen Harrison, Discover Magazine, 10 Nov. 2016 In a study published in September, wildlife researchers studying ecosystems around Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park found that GEDI data improved their modeling of coyote, red squirrel, and snowshoe hare habitat. Bygabriel Popkin,, 2 Nov. 2022 On Monday afternoon, a spastic red squirrel furrowed and tugged at a wet blanket draped over the rain fly of a red single-person tent ringed with empty containers. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Oct. 2022 Efforts in the United Kingdom to restore the red squirrel population range from secluded sanctuaries to the reintroduction of predators. Jason Thomson, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Oct. 2022 Another success story in red squirrel conservation, Anglesey presented an entirely different challenge than on Tresco. Jason Thomson, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Oct. 2022 Both the red squirrel and the ghillie are featured on the bottle called The River Spey. Matthew Kronsberg,, 17 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red squirrel was in 1682

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“Red squirrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

red squirrel

: a common North American squirrel that has reddish upper parts and is smaller than the gray squirrel

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