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gopher 1

Syllabification: go·pher
Pronunciation: /ˈɡōfər/

noun

1 (also pocket gopher) A burrowing rodent with fur-lined pouches on the outside of the cheeks, found in North and Central America.
  • Family Geomyidae: several genera and species
Example sentences
  • First, it is likely that the bag fragment was carried underground by a squirrel, gopher or other burrowing rodent.
  • Rodenticides control rats, mice, gophers, and other rodent pests of human habitation and agriculture.
  • Experiments revealed the same cells that have also been discovered in rats, gophers, gerbils, mice, and hamsters.
1.1North American informal another term for ground squirrel.
Example sentences
  • Richardson's ground squirrels (Spermophilus richardsonii), colloquially known as gophers, are medium-sized rodents; they are larger than mice and voles.
  • What most people call gophers are either 13-lined ground squirrels, Spermophilus tridecemlineatus, or a Richardson’s ground squirrel, Spermophilus richardsonii, and not a true pocket gopher.
2 (also gopher tortoise) A tortoise of dry sandy regions that excavates tunnels as shelter from the sun, native to the southern US.
  • Gopherus polyphemus, family Testudinidae
Example sentences
  • However, the northernmost range of the gopher tortoise is limited to southern South Carolina.
  • Curious about the burrows she saw on a trail ride, Dawn investigated the habitat of a Florida neighbor - the gopher tortoise.
  • The eastern indigo snake, which is on the federal list of threatened species, and the gopher tortoise also live here.
3 (also Gopher) Computing A menu-based system for Internet searching and document retrieval, largely superseded by the World Wide Web.
[1990s: named after the gopher mascot of the University of Minnesota, where the system was invented]
Example sentences
  • The Gopher system enabled documents to be listed in a readable, hierarchical method that was relatively easy to navigate.
  • A Gopher site was initially put into place in 1993, and then replaced in 1994 by a Web site.
  • Think of what the world would look like today if we had standardized the Gopher protocol in the early 1990s.

Origin

Late 18th century: perhaps from Canadian French gaufre 'honeycomb' (because the gopher “honeycombs” the ground with its burrows).

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  • This animal may get its name from Canadian French gaufre ‘honeycomb’: the gopher ‘honeycombs’ the ground with its burrows.

Words that rhyme with gopher

chauffeur, gofer, goffer, loafer, Nuku'alofa, Ophir, shofar, sofa

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gopher 2 Syllabification: go·pher
Pronunciation: /ˈɡōfər/

noun

Variant spelling of gofer.

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