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ground squirrel

n.
Any of several terrestrial squirrels of the genus Spermophilus of Eurasia and North America, most of which live in burrows and hibernate during the winter.

ground squirrel

n
(Animals) any burrowing sciurine rodent of the genus Citellus and related genera, resembling chipmunks and occurring in North America, E Europe, and Asia. Also called: gopher

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n.
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.
[1680–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ground squirrel - small striped semiterrestrial eastern American squirrel with cheek pouchesground squirrel - small striped semiterrestrial eastern American squirrel with cheek pouches
squirrel - a kind of arboreal rodent having a long bushy tail
genus Tamias, Tamias - chipmunks of eastern North America
2.ground squirrel - any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worldsground squirrel - 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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(Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from rodents in the Tribe Marmotini (Sciuridae).
Hibernation has been intensively studied in ground-dwelling squirrels (family Sciuridae) within the tribe Marmotini. In captivity, marmotine and other mammalian hibernators studied at controlled ambient temperatures in cold chambers universally display a characteristic body-temperature profile during hibernation: multiple, prolonged bouts of torpor punctuated by much shorter bouts of arousal when the animal returns to euthermy.
erythraeus de las siguientes tribus: Ratufini (sin septo transbular), Marmotini (dos septos transbulares) y Tamiassciurini y Xerini (ambas con tres septos; Moore, 1959).