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Squirrel

squirrel

1. (Science: zoology) Any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus sciurus and several allied genera of the famly sciuridae. Squirrels generally have a bushy tail, large erect ears, and strong hind legs. They are commonly arboreal in their habits, but many species live in burrows.

Among the common North American squirrels are the gray squirrel (Scirius Carolinensis) and its black variety; the fox, or cat, sqirrel (S. Cinereus, or S. Niger) which is a large species, and variable in colour, the southern variety being frequently black, while the northern and western varieties are usually gray or rusty brown; the red squirrel (see Chickaree); the striped, or chipping, squirrel (see Chipmunk); and the California gray squirrel (S. Fossor). Several other species inhabit Mexico and Central America. The common European species (sciurus vulgaris) has a long tuft of hair on each ear. The so-called Australian squirrels are marsupials. See petaurist, and phalanger.

2. One of the small rollers of a carding machine which work with the large cylinder.

(Science: zoology) Barking squirrel . See jelerang.

(Science: botany) Squirrel corn, a grass (Hordeum jubatum) found in salt marshes and along the Great lakes, having a dense spike beset with long awns.

Origin: OE. Squirel, OF. Esquirel, escurel, F. Ecureuil, LL. Squirelus, squirolus, scuriolus, dim. Of L. Sciurus, Gr. Sioyros; skia shade _ o'yra tail. Cf. Shine.


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Please Help with Homework (fairly easy questions)

Sorry, squirrel, you're absolutely right - I wasn't visualising that correctly.

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by billyfisher100
Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:26 pm
 
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What is this juvenile mammal?

I think so too that its a chipmunk/squirrel . It figures on his tail .

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by Papreca
Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:51 pm
 
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What is this juvenile mammal?

the quality of picture is not great, but from this I would guess some squirrel or chipmunk as well. (however it seems to be still blind, right? And you're saying it's bigger than squirrel?)

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by JackBean
Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:18 pm
 
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What is this juvenile mammal?

I found this critter in SE Utah in the sandstone slickrock desert. It looks much like a baby squirrel but is far too big. Scott in Idaho

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by Scott111
Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:39 am
 
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What is this?

adorable. that's what that is. flying squirrel maybe? actually yeah that's what it looks like. google.com/images flying squirrels.

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by Jillo725
Wed May 05, 2010 11:58 pm
 
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Topic: What is this?
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