flickertail


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 (flĭk′ər-tāl′)

flickertail

(ˈflɪkəˌteɪl)
n
(Animals) another name for Richardson's ground squirrel
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Noun1.flickertail - of sagebrush and grassland areas of western United States and Canada
spermophile, ground squirrel, gopher - any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worlds; often destroy crops
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For instance, the SS Flickertail State, that I had to take off line; we planned on doing $2 million worth of repairs this year which has been what it has cost to keep her going.
On a windless day, any flickertail within 200 long paces is destined for that big, grassy field in the sky.
These included the USNS Pililaau, an LMSR capable of carrying 380,000 square feet of cargo; the SS Cape Mohican, one of MSC's two heavy-lift ships; the SS Flickertail State, a crane ship that lifts cargo from its holds onto watercraft or a temporary or fixed pier; and the SS Chesapeake, a fuel tanker designed for OPDS operations.
Which American state is known as the Flickertail State?
In addition, four vessels from the Military Sealift Command were activated for use in this exercise: the SS Cape Mohican carried Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE lighterage from San Diego to Camp Pendleton, the Large, Medium Speed, Roll On/Roll Off (LMSR) USNS Pililaau was used to move the 3rd IBCT of the 25th Infantry Division from Hawaii to Camp Pendleton, the SS Chesapeake was the OPDS tanker and the Auxiliary Crane Ship (TAC-S) SS Flickertail State carried the ELCAS(M) pier components and Army lighterage from Norfolk, Va., to Camp Pendleton.
Public enemy number one was the "gopher", a collective name for three common species occurring in Manitoba at the time: the Flickertail or Richardson's Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus richardsonii), the Scrub Gopher or Franklin's Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus franklinii), and the Striped Gopher or Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus).
Indiana calls itself the "Hoosier State." Oklahoma is the "Sooner State," but there doesn't seem to be any "Later State." And way up in North Dakota, they've named themselves the "Flickertail State." Hmmm.
The Carderock engineers installed an experimental stereographic camera system created by August Design on the boom crane of the Flickertail State, a military cargo ship used by the U.S.
In other words, if your trusty laser rangefinder indicates 175 yards to that unsuspecting flickertail, simply spin the dial to 175, hold the crosshairs dead-on, squeeze the trigger and watch the little varmint bite the dust.
During 2009, NCHB 1's unique capability and flexibility were key to the success of numerous real-world contingency operations and training exercises, including Operation Deep Freeze, Antarctica; Exercise Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS '09), Guantanamo Bay; Exercise Freedom Banner '09, Thailand; containerized ordnance movement in Japan, Guam, and Diego Garcia; various Maritime Prepositioning Force offloads and exercises in California, Florida, Virginia, and Crete; crane operator expertise and support to the SS FLICKERTAIL STATE articulated crane testing and evaluation; and support to the Joint Assessment Team of USTRANSCOM's Joint Task Force-Port Opening (JTF-PO).
The SS Chesapeake was the OPDS tanker, and the auxiliary crane ship SS Flickertail State carried Army lighterage and the ELCAS pier components from Norfolk, Virginia, to Camp Pendleton.