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go·pher

 (gō′fər)
n.
1. Any of various short-tailed, burrowing rodents of the family Geomyidae of North America, having fur-lined external cheek pouches. Also called pocket gopher.
2. Any of various ground squirrels of North American prairies.

[Probably short for earlier megopher, gopher tortoise, probably of Muskogean origin; akin to Choctaw kofussa, a hollow, an excavation.]

gopher

(ˈɡəʊfə)
n
1. (Animals) Also called: pocket gopher any burrowing rodent of the family Geomyidae, of North and Central America, having a thickset body, short legs, and cheek pouches
2. (Animals) another name for ground squirrel
3. (Animals) any burrowing tortoise of the genus Gopherus, of SE North America
4. (Animals) gopher snake another name for bull snake
[C19: shortened from earlier megopher or magopher, of obscure origin]

go•pher1

(ˈgoʊ fər)

n.
1. Also called pocket gopher. any New World burrowing rodent of the family Geomyidae, having a stout body, a short tail, and external cheek pouches.
3. (cap.) a native or inhabitant of Minnesota (used as a nickname).
[1785–95; earlier megopher, magopher a burrowing land tortoise]

go•pher2

(ˈgoʊ fər)

n. Slang.
[1925–30; resp. of gofer by association with gopher1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gopher - a zealously energetic person (especially a salesman)
busy bee, eager beaver, live wire, sharpie, sharpy - an alert and energetic person
2.gopher - a native or resident of MinnesotaGopher - a native or resident of Minnesota  
American - a native or inhabitant of the United States
3.gopher - any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worldsgopher - any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worlds; often destroy crops
squirrel - a kind of arboreal rodent having a long bushy tail
antelope chipmunk, antelope squirrel, Citellus leucurus, whitetail antelope squirrel - small ground squirrel of western United States
Citellus lateralis, mantled ground squirrel - common black-striped reddish-brown ground squirrel of western North America; resembles a large chipmunk
Citellus citellus, souslik, suslik - rather large central Eurasian ground squirrel
Citellus richardsoni, flickertail, Richardson ground squirrel - of sagebrush and grassland areas of western United States and Canada
Citellus variegatus, rock squirrel - large grey ground squirrel of rocky areas of the southwestern United States
Arctic ground squirrel, Citellus parryi, parka squirrel - large ground squirrel of the North American far north
4.gopher - burrowing rodent of the family Geomyidae having large external cheek pouchesgopher - burrowing rodent of the family Geomyidae having large external cheek pouches; of Central America and southwestern North America
pocket rat - any of various rodents with cheek pouches
family Geomyidae, Geomyidae - North American pocket gophers
Geomys bursarius, plains pocket gopher - gopher of chiefly grasslands of central North America
Geomys pinetis, southeastern pocket gopher - gopher of Alabama and Georgia and Florida
Thomomys bottae, valley pocket gopher - of valleys and mountain meadows of western United States
northern pocket gopher, Thomomys talpoides - greyish to brown gopher of western and central United States
5.gopher - burrowing edible land tortoise of southeastern North Americagopher - burrowing edible land tortoise of southeastern North America
tortoise - usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbs; worldwide in arid area except Australia and Antarctica
genus Gopherus, Gopherus - gopher tortoises
Translations

gopher

[ˈgəʊfəʳ] N
1. (Zool) → ardillón m
2. (Comput) → gopher m
3. = gofer

Gopher

n (Comput) → Gopher m

gopher

nTaschenratte f; (= squirrel)Ziesel m

gopher

[ˈgəʊfəʳ] ngeomio borsario
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