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squirrel


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Squirrel  \Squir"rel\  (skw[~e]r"r[~e]l  or  skw[i^]r"-;  277),  n. 
  [OE.  squirel,  OF  esquirel,  escurel  F.  ['e]cureuil,  LL 
  squirelus  squirolus  scuriolus  dim.  of  L.  sciurus,  Gr 
  si`oyros;  skia`  shade  +  o'yra`  tail.  Cf  {Shine},  v.  i.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  one  of  numerous  species  of  small  rodents 
  belonging  to  the  genus  {Sciurus}  and  several  allied  genera 
  of  the  family  {Sciurid[ae]}.  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. 
 
  Note:  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 
  color,  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. 
 
  {Barking  squirrel}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  prairie  dog. 
 
  {Federation  squirrel}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  striped  gopher.  See 
  {Gopher},  2. 
 
  {Flying  squirrel}  (Zo["o]l.).  See  {Flying  squirrel},  in  the 
  Vocabulary. 
 
  {Java  squirrel}  (Zo["o]l.).  See  {Jelerang}. 
 
  {Squirrel  corn}  (Bot.),  a  North  American  herb  ({Dicantra 
  Canadensis})  bearing  little  yellow  tubers. 
 
  {Squirrel  cup}  (Bot.),  the  blossom  of  the  {Hepatica  triloba}, 
  a  low  perennial  herb  with  cup-shaped  flowers  varying  from 
  purplish  blue  to  pink  or  even  white.  It  is  one  of  the 
  earliest  flowers  of  spring. 
 
  {Squirrel  fish}  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  A  sea  bass  ({Serranus  fascicularis})  of  the  Southern 
  United  States. 
  b  The  sailor's  choice  ({Diplodus  rhomboides}). 
  c  The  redmouth,  or  grunt. 
  d  A  market  fish  of  Bermuda  ({Holocentrum  Ascensione}). 
 
 
  {Squirrel  grass}  (Bot.),  a  pestiferous  grass  ({Hordeum 
  murinum})  related  to  barley.  In  California  the  stiffly 
  awned  spiklets  work  into  the  wool  of  sheep,  and  into  the 
  throat,  flesh,  and  eyes  of  animals,  sometimes  even 
  producing  death. 
 
  {Squirrel  hake}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  common  American  hake  ({Phycis 
  tenuis});  --  called  also  {white  hake}. 
 
  {Squirrel  hawk}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  rough-legged  hawk; 
  especially,  the  California  species  {Archibuteo 
  ferrugineus}. 
 
  {Squirrel  monkey}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  Any  one  of  several  species  of  small  soft-haired  South 
  American  monkeys  of  the  genus  {Calithrix}.  They  are 
  noted  for  their  graceful  form  and  agility.  See 
  {Teetee}. 
  b  A  marmoset. 
 
  {Squirrel  petaurus}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  flying  phalanger  of 
  Australia.  See  {Phalanger},  {Petaurist},  and  {Flying 
  phalanger}  under  {Flying}. 
 
  {Squirrel  shrew}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  several  species  of 
  East  Indian  and  Asiatic  insectivores  of  the  genus 
  {Tupaia}.  They  are  allied  to  the  shrews,  but  have  a  bushy 
  tail,  like  that  of  a  squirrel. 
 
  {Squirrel-tail  grass}  (Bot.),  a  grass  ({Hordeum  jubatum}) 
  found  in  salt  marshes  and  along  the  Great  Lakes,  having  a 
  dense  spike  beset  with  long  awns. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  squirrel 
  n  1:  a  kind  of  arboreal  rodent  having  a  long  bushy  tail 
  2:  the  fur  of  a  squirrel 




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