from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various arboreal rodents of the genus Sciurus and related genera of the family Sciuridae, having a long flexible bushy tail and including the fox squirrel, gray squirrel, and red squirrel. Also called tree squirrel.
- n. Any of various other rodents of the family Sciuridae, as the ground squirrel or the flying squirrel.
- n. The fur of one of these rodents.
- transitive v. To hide or store: squirreled away her money.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the rodents of the family Sciuridae distinguished by their large bushy tail.
- n. A person, usually a freezoner, who applies L. Ron Hubbard's technology in a heterodox manner.
- v. To store in a secretive manner, to hide something for future use
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Sciurus and several allied genera of the family Sciuridæ. Squirrels generally have a bushy tail, large erect ears, and strong hind legs. They are commonly arboreal in their habits, but many species live in burrows.
- n. One of the small rollers of a carding machine which work with the large cylinder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rodent quadruped of the family Sciuridæ and genus Sciurus, originally and specifically Sciurus vulgaris of Europe.
- n. In cotton manufacturing, one of the small card-covered rollers used with the large roller of a carding-machine. Also called urchin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a kind of arboreal rodent having a long bushy tail
- n. the fur of a squirrel
Middle English squirel, from Anglo-Norman esquirel, from Vulgar Latin *scūriolus, diminutive of *scūrius, alteration of Latin sciūrus, from Greek skiouros : skiā, shadow + ourā, tail.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French esquirel, escurel (whence French écureuil), from Vulgar Latin scuriolus, diminutive of scurius, variant of Latin sciurus, from Ancient Greek σκίουρος (skiouros). Displaced native Middle English aquerne, from Old English acweorna. (Wiktionary)