- 1An agile tree-dwelling rodent with a bushy tail, typically feeding on nuts and seeds.
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- Family Sciuridae: several genera, in particular Sciurus, and numerous species
- Tree-dwelling squirrels have lovely bushy tails, and we realised that the little ones, from the look of them, were also from one such splendid family line.
- Small rodents, such as hamsters, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and rabbits, do not typically carry rabies.
- The ability of squirrels to harvest seed crops before they fall to the ground may make them less sensitive to species interactions on the forest floor.
- 1.1A related rodent of the squirrel family. See ground squirrel, flying squirrel.More example sentences
- Alpine marmots are large ground-dwelling squirrels living in mountain open meadows.
- As in ground-dwelling squirrels, factors other than social complexity may determine complexity of communication.
- Numerous species of ground-dwelling squirrels have been described from the Blancan of the Great Plains.
- 1.2 [mass noun] The fur of the squirrel.More example sentences
- This is the trade name for brushes made of squirrel, goat, pony, bear, sheep or a blend of the above.
- Collars on keys style flies can be made of squirrel, marabou, cross cut bunny and hackle and combo bunny/hackle that is wrapped around the hook and then swept back.
verb (squirrels, squirrelling, squirrelled; US squirrels, squirreling, squirreled)Back to top
- 1 [with object] (squirrel something away) Hide money or something of value in a safe place: the money was squirrelled away in foreign bank accountsMore example sentences
- But why not consider doing what many of us do, and self insure by squirreling the money you save into a savings account?
- A new analysis of the scheme from the Revenue Commissioners shows the percentage of people on lower incomes squirrelling away money has increased compared with those on middle and higher incomes.
- I wouldn't like to die having squirrelled money away all my life without having enjoyed it.
- 2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move in an inquisitive and restless manner: they were squirrelling around in the woods in search of somethingMore example sentences
- And there's Lisa Wesley and Andrew Blackwood squirrelling away in the greenhouse creating a white-washed model landscape complete with animals, flyovers, factories and numbered points of interest.
- We should cherish these glimpses of her as it won't be long before she goes to ground again, squirrelling away in her Manhattan apartment or the Virginia bolt-hole she shares with two pugs and a Boston terrier.
- I woke up early and squirreled around the kitchen - glazing ham, making salads, chopping this and that, preparing for the evening.
Middle English: shortening of Old French esquireul, from a diminutive of Latin sciurus, from Greek skiouros, from skia 'shade' + oura 'tail'. Current verb senses date from the early 20th century.