from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A náme of the fox-squirrel.
- n. A name of the ring-tailed bassaris, Bassaris astuta.
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The cat-squirrel, on the contrary, is slow and timid among the branches, and rarely mounts above the first fork, unless when forced higher by the near approach of its enemy.
The species found in these woods was the large "cat-squirrel" (_Sciurus cinereus_), one of the noblest of its kind.
Some species, as the cat-squirrel, fearing to take the dreadful leap (often nearly a hundred feet), rush down by the trunk.
He crossed the street and walked a block to the square, and he saw the old brick courthouse set up high on the lawn and the luminous face of the clock on the steeple, and there were big shade trees in front and wood benches where the farmers came to sit on Saturdays, and around the four sides of the square there were hardware and drygoods stores and barber shops and feed suppliers, and everything was quiet now and the trees looked black on the lawn and he could hear a cat-squirrel chattering.