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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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Leominster will also welcome musician Sarah Gardner, as she performs a digging-themed set list, with songs about being a mole in the ground and a musical tour of Prairie Dog Town.
Contributions from the laboratory of vertebrate biology number 67: social behavior, social organization and population dynamics in a black-tailed prairie dog town in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Skirting the edge of the prairie dog town, I had stopped beneath a gnarled cottonwood at the bottom of the creek bed to savor the thin slivers of shade.
Clouds darkened the evening sky as three trucks skidded down the rain-slick ranch road toward a prairie dog town in northern New Mexico.
Maybe Cham Leck would feel more at home at Prairie Dog Town in Kansas, a haven for five and six-legged cows.
It's great fun to visit a prairie dog town (a place where lots of the little animals live).
After all, if a scope goes south or simply changes zero over the course of a day on a prairie dog town, it's no big thing.
Social behavior, social organization, and population dynamics in a black-tailed prairie dog town in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Our predictions were: (1) burrowing owl numbers should increase with size of the prairie dog town because of more area with potential nest burrows, whereas densities should be independent of prairie dog town size due to owl territoriality; (2) if availability of burrows is limiting, the number and density of burrowing owls per prairie dog town should increase with burrow densities (inactive burrows and/or total) up to territory saturation; and if burrows are not limiting; (3) burrowing owl numbers and densities should be positively related to the number of active prairie dog burrows, a relative measure of prairie dog density, if owls are benefiting from prairie dog alarm calls or the dilution effect (i.
On the way, the Roberts prairie dog town is also fun.