from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The ground squirrel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A terrestrial burrowing rodent; ground squirrel
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any ground squirrel of the genus Spermophilus; a gopher. See Illust. under gopher.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rodent quadruped of the genus Spermophilus, as a ground-squirrel or suslik, of which there are numerous species in Europe, Asia, and North America. See cuts under suslik and Spermophilus.
- n. A fringilline bird of the genus Spermophila; a little seed-eater, of which there are numerous Central and South American species. See cut under grassquit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worlds; often destroy crops
In the Middle West, especially in Indiana, the little spermophile, sometimes called the ground-squirrel, is common and not afraid to venture into the outskirts of a village.
But for the poor spermophile nothing I could do in the way of revival was of any avail.
Every boy and girl loves the little fairy, airy striped chipmunk, half squirrel, half spermophile.
Strange that no squirrel or spermophile I yet have found ever seemed to have anything like enough of Scotch religion to enjoy this grand old tune.