American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small, thick-bodied rodent (Aplodontia rufa) of the Pacific coast of North America, having tiny eyes and small ears and usually found in communal burrows dug in the banks of streams. Also called mountain beaver.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rodent mammal of the family Haplodontidæ, Haplodon rufus, inhabiting Washington and Oregon and parts of California It is most nearly related to the beaver, but resembles the muskrat in size, shape, and general appearance, except that it has almost no tail. The length is about a foot. The color is uniform rich dark brown, paler and grayer below. It is not aquatic, lives in burrows, and feeds on roots, herbs, and seeds. A second species is sometimes distinguished as H. californicus. The name sewellel first appears in print in this form in the “Travels” of Lewis and Clarke, where the authors say “sewellel is a name given by the natives to a small animal found in the timbered country.” On this animal Rafinesque based his Anisonyx rufa (whence Haplodon rufus of Coues), and Richardson his Aplodontia leporina. See
Haplodon. Also called boomerand mountainbeaver.
- n. The mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A peculiar gregarious burrowing rodent (Haplodon rufus), native of the coast region of the Northwestern United States. It somewhat resembles a muskrat or marmot, but has only a rudimentary tail. Its head is broad, its eyes are small and its fur is brownish above, gray beneath. It constitutes the family
Haplodontidæ. Called also boomer, showt'l, and mountain beaver.
- n. bulky nocturnal burrowing rodent of uplands of the Pacific coast of North America; the most primitive living rodent
- From Chinook sewellel, shewellel ("mountain beaver pelt robe"). (Wiktionary)
- Chinook šwalál, robe of sewellel skins. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This extinct mammal, related to the living sewellel, is the only known horned rodent and the smallest horned mammal.”
“The name "sewellel" was applied to the robes which they made from the skins; the animal is called "show'tl," by some Indian tribes. —”
“The southern part of British Columbia contains the mule deer of western North America (_Mazama macrotis_), and a very strange rodent, the sewellel or mountain beaver (_Haplodon_), a creature distantly allied to squirrels, marmots, and beavers, but restricted in its distribution to a few parts of California, Oregon, and British”
“1 The sewellel (Haplodon rufus) belongs to a family which seems to be intermediate between those of the squirrel and the beaver.”
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