red squirrel

noun

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 On that 30-degree morning, other traps contained a northern flying squirrel, an American red squirrel and two more voles. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Sep. 2021 The telescope project would also play havoc with the red squirrel’s prime habitat, which brought environmentalists together with tribal leaders in opposition. AZCentral.com, 20 Aug. 2021 Native species like the Mount Graham red squirrel cling to survival in the forests. AZCentral.com, 20 Aug. 2021 Bebe had brought the red squirrel with her from Germany when the couple moved to Washington in 1936. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 The red squirrel was scaled up for size and had to be revised after the initial design: The original Ulysses was too fond of food. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2021 Of the four tree squirrel species and eight subspecies native to Arizona, only one has federal protection — the Mount Graham red squirrel, whose story is similar to the Chiricahua fox squirrel. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 4 Dec. 2020 In 2017, the Frye Fire wiped out much of its habitat on Mount Graham, the only place the red squirrel subspecies lives. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 4 Dec. 2020 In 2017, the survival of the Mount Graham red squirrel was dangerously in doubt after the Frye Fire nearly wiped out much of its preferred environment. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of red squirrel

1682, in the meaning defined above

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26 Sep 2021

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“Red squirrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20squirrel. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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