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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
References in classic literature ?
His day was passed pleasantly in traversing a beautiful tract, making botanical and geological researches, and observing the habits of an extensive village of prairie dogs, at which he made several ineffectual shots, without considering the risk he ran of attracting the attention of any savages that might be lurking in the neighborhood.
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Con Slobodchikoff-a professor emeritus of biology at Northern Arizona University and author of 'Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals'-has been studying prairie dogs for 30 years and discovered that these North American rodents 'converse' in a sophisticated form of vocal communication that is nothing less than a language.
ONE OF THESE DAYS, I'll be semiretired living in the West and I'm going to make shooting prairie dogs a priority.
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Today, after almost 15 years of target shooting, recreational plinking, slaying squirrels, prairie dogs and other vermin, I must confess--this just might be the greatest thing since, dare I say it, sliced bread
Ferruginous hawks (Buteo regalis, FEHA) that migrate through and winter in central and southern plains in the United States and eastern Mexico prey on black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus, BTPD; Plumpton and Andersen, 1997; Bak et al, 2001).
Competition for resources may be a contributing factor to the killings, Susan Milius reported in "Killer prairie dogs make good moms" (SN: 4/16/16, p.
The second level provides detailed information about grasslands, the prairie dogs that live in them, and the efforts to protect both.
At about one year old, prairie dogs go out on their own and find new homes in abandoned tunnels or by digging new tunnels.
Equal parts entertaining and educational, John HooglandAEs story is just as much about the prairie dogs as it is about the challenges and excitement of field research.