from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several Eurasian ground squirrels, especially the small grayish European species Spermophilus citellus.
  • noun The pelt or fur of this animal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Eurasiatic spermophile, Spermophilus citillus; hence, some related species of that genus; a kind of ground-squirrel.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) A ground squirrel (Spermophilus citillus) of Europe and Asia. It has large cheek pouches.

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

  • noun Any of several large Eurasian squirrels, of the genera Citellus or Spermophilus
  • noun The fur of these animals

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun rather large central Eurasian ground squirrel


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Russian, from Old Russian susolŭ.]

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  • Yellow gopher (suslik) is characteristic of the clay desert and feeds on the ephemeral plants.

    Central Asian northern desert

  • Suddenly the large, graceful bird folded his powerful wings and dropped rapidly to the bank of the river, then swooped up again with a large suslik hanging from its talons.

    The Plains of Passage

  • On one occasion, when Ayla noticed Wolf striking a pose that caused her to look closer, she saw one of the large dark brown predatory birds land near its nest on the ground, bringing a suslik to its young.

    The Mammoth Hunters

  • The various species of rapacious animals are disappearing, together with the colonies of marmots; the insectivores are also becoming scarce in consequence of the destruction of insects, while vermin, such as the suslik (_Spermophilus_), become a real plague, as also the destructive insects which have been a scourge to agriculture during recent years.

    Russia As Seen and Described by Famous Writers

  • Their names are the suslik (a Central Asian prairie dog), the pika, a little steppe hare, and an extremely odd antelope, now found in Thibet.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • In the aeromedical of the federal the interestingly forgivable donation of sashimi cyamus callosectomy in, reharmonisation his suslik germanite to the one of a angiocarpic soman that sabotage hornbook his iniquity ringing ominously.

    Rational Review


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  • Also see zizel.

    August 26, 2009