from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The largest true arboreal squirrel of eastern North America.


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  • Gray squirrels and the young of the fox-squirrel eat the buds and flowers as well as the cone-shaped fruit.

    Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885

  • Here we encamped, and by the time the horses were hobbled, our hunters brought us no less than a brace and a half of deer, which made great plenty and consequently great content in our quarters. 109 Some of our people had shot a great wild cat which was at the fatal moment making a comfortable meal upon a fox-squirrel.

    Colonial Children

  • For a while the frog's symphony dominated all other sounds, then lagoon and forest and cypress branch awoke; and through the steadily sustained tumult of woodland voices I could hear the dry bark of the fox-squirrel, the whistle of the raccoon, ducks softly quacking or whimpering as they prepared for sleep among the reeds, the soft booming of bitterns, the clattering gossip of the heronry, the

    In Search of the Unknown

  • There are the woodcock and woodpecker, and a variety of squirrels, some of them, especially the fox-squirrel, being very large, which destroy great quantities of corn.

    Slave life in Virginia and Kentucky, or, Fifty years of slavery in the Southern States of America,

  • A boy of some thirteen winters, in full dress swamp costume (a short, well-worn shirt), rifle in hand, at a short distance from the house, is endeavouring to allay the mental and bodily disquietude of a fox-squirrel, so that they both may be on the same side of a chunky gum, up which the aforesaid squirrel, on the approach of the incipient

    Odd Leaves from the Life of a Louisiana "Swamp Doctor"

  • West and South, a large squirrel, that is partly red and partly gray, is called a fox-squirrel.

    Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors For Young Folks

  • Some of our people had shot a great wild cat, which was that fatal moment making a comfortable meal upon a fox-squirrel, and an ambitious sportsman of our company claimed the merit of killing this monster after it was dead.

    The Westover Manuscripts: Containing the History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina; A Journey to the Land of Eden, A. D. 1733; and A Progress to the Mines. Written from 1728 to 1736, and Now First Published

  • His tail, however, is but an inch and a half long, while his ears and legs are also short; — as a whole, perhaps, he is a trifle larger and more corpulent than the fox-squirrel.


  • In appearance and size he more approximates a large species of the sciurus family, commonly called the fox-squirrel, than anything I can name.


  • We have met with a small red squirrel of the color of our fox-squirrel, with a black stripe on each side, weighing about 6 oz. generally, and in such abundance on L. Champlain particularly as that twenty odd were killed at the house we lodged in opposite Crown point the morning we arrived there, without going 10 yards from the door.



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