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prairie dog

n.
Any of several burrowing rodents of the genus Cynomys, having light brown fur and a warning call that sounds similar to a dog's bark. Prairie dogs lives in large colonies, chiefly in the Great Plains of North America.

prairie dog

n
(Animals) any of several gregarious sciurine rodents of the genus Cynomys, such as C. ludovicianus, that live in large complex burrows in the prairies of North America. Also called: prairie marmot

prai′rie dog`


n.
any burrowing squirrel of the genus Cynomys, of W North American and N Mexican plains and prairies, having a barklike cry.
[1765–75, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prairie dog - any of several rodents of North American prairies living in large complex burrows having a barking cryprairie dog - any of several rodents of North American prairies living in large complex burrows having a barking cry
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
Cynomys, genus Cynomys - prairie dogs
Translations
chien de prairie

prairie dog

ncane m delle praterie
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