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Meaning of SQUIRREL

Pronunciation:  'skwurul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a kind of arboreal rodent having a long bushy tail
  2. [n]  the fur of a squirrel

SQUIRREL is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: American flying squirrel, Asiatic flying squirrel, baranduki, baronduki, barunduki, burunduki, chipmunk, eastern chipmunk, Eutamius asiaticus, Eutamius sibiricus, family Sciuridae, fur, gnawer, gnawing animal, gopher, ground squirrel, hackee, pelt, rodent, Sciuridae, spermophile, striped squirrel, Tamias striatus, tree squirrel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Squir"rel\ (skw[~e]r"r[~e]l or skw[i^]r"-; 277), n.
[OE. squirel, OF. esquirel, escurel, F. ['e]cureuil, LL.
squirelus, squirolus, scuriolus, dim. of L. sciurus, Gr.
si`oyros; skia` shade + o'yra` tail. Cf. {Shine}, v. i.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small rodents
   belonging to the genus {Sciurus} and several allied genera
   of the family {Sciurid[ae]}. 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.

Note: Among the common North American squirrels are the gray
      squirrel ({Scirius Carolinensis}) and its black
      variety; the fox, or cat, sqirrel ({S. cinereus}, or
      {S. niger}) which is a large species, and variable in
      color, the southern variety being frequently black,
      while the northern and western varieties are usually
      gray or rusty brown; the red squirrel (see
      {Chickaree}); the striped, or chipping, squirrel (see
      {Chipmunk}); and the California gray squirrel ({S.
      fossor}). Several other species inhabit Mexico and
      Central America. The common European species ({Sciurus
      vulgaris}) has a long tuft of hair on each ear. the
      so-called Australian squirrels are marsupials. See
      {Petaurist}, and {Phalanger}.

2. One of the small rollers of a carding machine which work
   with the large cylinder.

{Barking squirrel} (Zo["o]l.), the prairie dog.

{Federation squirrel} (Zo["o]l.), the striped gopher. See
   {Gopher}, 2.

{Flying squirrel} (Zo["o]l.). See {Flying squirrel}, in the

{Java squirrel} (Zo["o]l.). See {Jelerang}.

{Squirrel corn} (Bot.), a North American herb ({Dicantra
   Canadensis}) bearing little yellow tubers.

{Squirrel cup} (Bot.), the blossom of the {Hepatica triloba},
   a low perennial herb with cup-shaped flowers varying from
   purplish blue to pink or even white. It is one of the
   earliest flowers of spring.

{Squirrel fish} (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) A sea bass ({Serranus fascicularis}) of the Southern
       United States.
   (b) The sailor's choice ({Diplodus rhomboides}).
   (c) The redmouth, or grunt.
   (d) A market fish of Bermuda ({Holocentrum Ascensione}).

{Squirrel grass} (Bot.), a pestiferous grass ({Hordeum
   murinum}) related to barley. In California the stiffly
   awned spiklets work into the wool of sheep, and into the
   throat, flesh, and eyes of animals, sometimes even
   producing death.

{Squirrel hake} (Zo["o]l.), a common American hake ({Phycis
   tenuis}); -- called also {white hake}.

{Squirrel hawk} (Zo["o]l.), any rough-legged hawk;
   especially, the California species {Archibuteo

{Squirrel monkey}. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) Any one of several species of small, soft-haired South
       American monkeys of the genus {Calithrix}. They are
       noted for their graceful form and agility. See
   (b) A marmoset.

{Squirrel petaurus} (Zo["o]l.), a flying phalanger of
   Australia. See {Phalanger}, {Petaurist}, and {Flying
   phalanger} under {Flying}.

{Squirrel shrew} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
   East Indian and Asiatic insectivores of the genus
   {Tupaia}. They are allied to the shrews, but have a bushy
   tail, like that of a squirrel.

{Squirrel-tail grass} (Bot.), a grass ({Hordeum jubatum})
   found in salt marshes and along the Great Lakes, having a
   dense spike beset with long awns.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing squirrels running around means that you are involved in a loveless or pointless relationship or an unprofitable business project. Squirrels also refers to the act of hoarding. It could either mean that you need to reserve something or it could indicate that you are retaining too much and need to learn to let go. Dreaming that you are trying to run over squirrels with a lawn mower, suggests that you are trying to change your beliefs or alter your ideas in order to conform to others. You are seeking some form of acceptance. Dreaming that you are feeding a squirrel indicates comfort through hard work, diligence and prudence. Seeing squirrels in a tree, forewarns that you will be faced with an embarrassing situation.