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pi·ka

 (pī′kə, pē-)
n.
Any of several small, tailless, furry mammals of the genus Ochotona of mountains or grasslands of North America and Eurasia, resembling guinea pigs but being more closely related to hares and rabbits. Also called coney1, rock rabbit.

[Evenki piika, perhaps from Russian pikat', to squeak.]

pika

(ˈpaɪkə)
n
(Animals) any burrowing lagomorph mammal of the family Ochotonidae of mountainous regions of North America and Asia, having short rounded ears, a rounded body, and rudimentary tail. Also called: cony
[C19: from Tungusic piika]

pi•ka

(ˈpaɪ kə)

n., pl. -kas.
any short-eared, short-legged, tailless lagomorph of the genus Ochotona, of western mountains of North America and parts of E Europe and Asia.
[1820–30; said to be < Evenki; compare Evenki (N Baikal dial.) pikačān the tree creeper (Certhia familiaris)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pika - small short-eared burrowing mammal of rocky uplands of Asia and western North Americapika - small short-eared burrowing mammal of rocky uplands of Asia and western North America
gnawing mammal, lagomorph - relative large gnawing animals; distinguished from rodents by having two pairs of upper incisors specialized for gnawing
family Ochotonidae, Ochotonidae - pikas and extinct forms
little chief hare, Ochotona princeps - North American pika
collared pika, Ochotona collaris - similar to little chief hare and may be same species
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