A saclike fold of skin on either side of the mouth, especially in squirrels, monkeys, and gophers, used for carrying food.
- They all have a large, fur-lined cheek pouch that opens next to the mouth and extends back along the shoulders.
- Food is packed into the cheek pouches and carried to underground storage chambers.
- Chipmunks have large cheek pouches where they carry food back to store in their burrows.
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Syllabification: cheek pouch
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