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Definition of "squirrel" []

  • Any of various arboreal rodents of the genus Sciurus and related genera of the family Sciuridae, having a long flexible bushy tail and including the fox squirrel, gray squirrel, and red squirrel. Also called tree squirrel. (noun)
  • Any of various other rodents of the family Sciuridae, as the ground squirrel or the flying squirrel. (noun)
  • The fur of one of these rodents. (noun)
  • To hide or store: squirreled away her money. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "squirrel" in a sentence
  • "“The name squirrel comes from the Greek skiouros, which means shadow-tailed, because the tail is big enough to shade the rest of the animal.”"
  • "Then, Donna will take them to what she calls "squirrel camp," where they will be in the wild on their own."
  • "My chicken pot pie however trumps a milkbone and a squirrel is a good bit of fun to chase."