burrower


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burrow
burrow of a woodchuck
A. entrance
B. spy hole
C. excrement chamber
D. nest

bur·row

 (bûr′ō, bŭr′ō)
n.
1. A hole or tunnel dug in the ground by a small animal, such as a rabbit or mole, for habitation or refuge.
2. A narrow or snug place.
v. bur·rowed, bur·row·ing, bur·rows
v.intr.
1.
a. To dig a hole or tunnel for habitation or refuge.
b. To live or hide in such a place.
2. To move or progress by or as if by digging or tunneling: "Suddenly the train is burrowing through the pinewoods" (William Styron).
v.tr.
1. To make by or as if by tunneling.
2. To dig a hole or tunnel in or through.
3. Archaic To hide in or as if in a burrow.

[Middle English borow.]

bur′row·er n.
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If it were possible for literature to use the microscope of the Leuwenhoeks, the Malpighis, and the Raspails (an attempt once made by Hoffman, of Berlin), and if we could magnify and then picture the teredos navalis, in other words, those ship-worms which brought Holland within an inch of collapsing by honey-combing her dykes, we might have been able to give a more distinct idea of Messieurs Gigonnet, Baudoyer, Saillard, Gaudron, Falleix, Transon, Godard and company, borers and burrowers, who proved their undermining power in the thirtieth year of this century.
For example, the species of Progomphus live on inorganic substrates and are found burrower in places with predominance of fine sediment, and Brechmorhoga species live in areas of rocky bottom with current (Assis et al.
6 (m) Ulva lactuca mm (4-6 weeks) Peramphiihoe Eisenia arborea, Stipe From the tip to stypotrupetes (n), Laminaria dentigera, burrower the base of the (o) L.
Roller beetles were dominant over burrower species and small-sized species outnumbered large species.
The brave burrower - real name Daniel Hooper - captured the nation's hearts as the eco-warrior who fought the A30 bypass in Devon.
This implies that these burrows were made after the ejecta layer was covered by a sufficient amount of clay that the Zoophycos burrower could not scavenge the ejecta layer anymore.
This rather nomadic lifestyle, combined with its supreme ability as a rapid burrower, has enabled this species to colonize the sands of exposed beaches that otherwise are fairly devoid of macrofauna (Wilson 1999).
lobatus is not a rapid burrower, nor does it withdraw rapidly into the deepest portions of its burrow.
But since the oldest millipede fossil is 436 million years old and may well be a marine organism, the researchers suggest that their burrower may be a completely unknown and extinct animal.