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The ground squirrel.


(Animals) any of various North American ground squirrels of the genera Citellus, Spermophilopsis, etc, regarded as pests in many regions
[C19: from sperm(at)o- + -phile, on the model of New Latin spermophilus a seed-lover]

ground′ squir`rel

any of various striped or variegated, mostly burrowing rodents of the squirrel family, esp. of the genus Spermophilus (or Citellus), that are widespread in North America and Eurasia and often do much damage to crops. Also called gopher, spermophile.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spermophile - any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worldsspermophile - 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
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Mots cles: spermophile arctique, Spermophilus parryii, reserves alimentaires, Polygonum, alpin
De 1991 a 1993, on a mesure les concentrations en metaux lourds et en organochlores, y compris des pesticides organochlores et des congeneres du diphenyle polychlore (PCB), chez le spermophile arctique (Spermophilus parryi) a trois endroits situes dans la chaine de Brooks de l'Alaska septentrional.