Definition of pika in English:

pika

Line breaks: pika
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪkə
 
, ˈpiːkə
 
/

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.
    • Family Ochotonidae and genus Ochotona: many species, including the collared pika (O. collaris), of western North America
    More 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.

More definitions of pika

Definition of pika in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmālˌsträm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea