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pika

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Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪkə
 
, ˈpiːkə
 
/

Definition of pika in English:

noun

A small mammal related to the rabbits, having rounded ears, short limbs, and a very small tail, found mainly in the mountains and deserts of Asia. Also called mouse hare.
Example sentences
  • Their principle source of food is mice, but squirrels, snowshoe hares, and pikas are also popular.
  • The ermine's diet consists primarily of mice, but they also prey upon cottontails, small hares, porcupines, squirrels, pikas, and rats.
  • Elephant shrews (no relation), pikas, and Tupaia treeshrews share both absentee-like maternal care and diurnality - that is, they are active during the day, when prey is more easily spotted by predators.

Origin

early 19th century: from Tungus piika.

Words that rhyme with pika

balalaika, biker, duiker, Formica, hiker, mica, pica, piker, striker

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