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 So, those three bears morphed into two, Briar and Bramble, and an assortment of side characters, including Logger Vick and Warren, the red squirrel. Mathew Scott, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2024 Since then, researchers have also identified the disease in wild chimpanzees in West Africa and in British red squirrels. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2024 That’s what a study in Current Biology seems to suggest, anyway, after showing that red squirrels hosted strains of the leprosy bacteria Mycobacterium leprae in England’s Middle Ages. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 3 May 2024 So while the Big Five are in abundance, so are shy red duikers, diminutive suni antelopes, Tonga red squirrels, and 436 bird species. Nicola Leigh Stewart, Robb Report, 18 Apr. 2024 Mount Graham red squirrels are a highly endangered subspecies of North American red squirrels. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 Damage from fire and insects and interruptions due to human structures have created a disconnected mosaic of habitat for red squirrels. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 The sudden appearance of bright red squirrels in one New York town led investigators to discover they were being intentionally painted and released into the wild, according to investigators. Mark Price, Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 According to a February press release from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which the agency also shared on Facebook, officials started noticing bright red squirrels in Putnam County in late 2023. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 26 Feb. 2024

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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 18 Jun. 2024.

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red squirrel

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

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