Definition of Squirrel

1. Noun. A kind of arboreal rodent having a long bushy tail.




2. Noun. The fur of a squirrel.
Generic synonyms: Fur, Pelt

Definition of Squirrel

1. n. Any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Sciurus and several allied genera of the family Sciuridæ. 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.

Definition of Squirrel

1. Noun. Any of the rodents of the family Sciuridae distinguished by their large bushy tail. ¹

2. Noun. (Scientology often disparaging) A freezoner or other who fails to apply L Ron Hubbard's technology as is considered appropriate.[ Scientology Acronym/Terminology FAQ V2.6], amazing.com.Joel Sappell and Robert W. Welkos, “[ The Battle with the ‘Squirrels’: When the Doctrine Leaves the Church]”, ''Los Angeles Times'', 1990 June 29. ¹

3. Noun. (golf) The completion of a hole with a score of nine (9). ¹

4. Verb. ¹

5. Verb. (non-gloss definition Found in phrases.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Squirrel

1. to store up for future use [v -RELED, -RELING, -RELS or -RELLED, -RELLING, -RELS]

Medical Definition of Squirrel

1. 1. Any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Sciurus and several allied genera of the famly Sciuridae. 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. 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 colour, 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 . See Jelerang. Squirrel corn, a grass (Hordeum jubatum) found in salt marshes and along the Great Lakes, having a dense spike beset with long awns. Origin: OE. Squirel, OF. Esquirel, escurel, F. Ecureuil, LL. Squirelus, squirolus, scuriolus, dim. Of L. Sciurus, Gr. Sioyros; skia shade + o'yra tail. Cf. Shine. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Squirrel

squirm
squirmage
squirmed
squirmer
squirmers
squirmier
squirmiest
squirminess
squirming
squirmingly
squirmish
squirms
squirmy
squirr
squirred
squirrel (current term)
squirrel's-foot fern
squirrel around
squirrel away
squirrel cage
squirrel cages
squirrel corn
squirrel grips
squirrel monkey
squirrel monkeys
squirrel plague conjunctivitis
squirrel porphyria
squirrel wheel
squirreled

Literary usage of Squirrel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"There on 3 A ug. he found the squirrel at anchor. The next day being Sunday ... With his characteristic waywardness he returned to the ill- fated squirrel. ..."

2. Recreation by George O. Shields, American Canoe Association, League of American Sportsmen (1898)
"To my astonishment, as I parted the branches to look in, I nearly put my face against a squirrel, sitting on the edge of the nest with an egg clasped ..."

3. The Arena by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1907)
""Oh," answered the squirrel, keeping the tree and a hundred feet between us, ... cried the squirrel. " Everyone and everything are against me. ..."

4. Pragmatism, a New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking: Popular Lectures on by William James (1921)
"The corpus of the dispute was a squirrel — a live squirrel supposed to be ... This human witness tries to get sight of the squirrel by moving rapidly round ..."

5. Pragmatism, a New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking: Popular Lectures on by William James (1907)
"The corpus of the dispute was a squirrel — a live squirrel supposed to be ... This human witness tries to get sight of the squirrel by moving rapidly round ..."

6. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1876)
"The California gray squirrel (S. fossor, Peale) is as large as the fox squirrel, ... It represents on the west coast the gray squirrel of the east. ..."

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