from The Century Dictionary.

  • Squirrel-like; related to Sciurus, or belonging to the Sciuridæ; especially, of or pertaining to the Sciurinæ.
  • noun A squirrel; a member of the Sciuridæ, and especially of the Sciurinæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Squirrel family.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to squirrels
  • noun A member of the squirrel family.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin sciurus ("squirrel"), from Ancient Greek σκίουρος (skiouros, "squirrel"), from σκιά (skia, "shadow") + οὐρά (oura, "tail").


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