gopher tortoise
noun see gopher I

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • gopher tortoise — noun burrowing edible land tortoise of southeastern North America • Syn: ↑gopher turtle, ↑gopher, ↑Gopherus polypemus • Hypernyms: ↑tortoise • Member Holonyms: ↑Gopherus, ↑genus Gopher …   Useful english dictionary

  • gopher tortoise — any North American burrowing tortoise of the genus Gopherus, esp. G. polyphemus, of the southeastern U.S.: several species are now reduced in number. Also called gopher turtle, gopher. [1785 95; see GOPHER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Gopher — may refer to:* Gopher (animal), including: ** True gopher, i.e. pocket gopher or member of Geomyidae, native to North America ** Richardson s Ground Squirrel, a species of Spermophilus ** Ground squirrel, in a loose general sense, Sciuridae **… …   Wikipedia

  • gopher turtle — noun burrowing edible land tortoise of southeastern North America • Syn: ↑gopher tortoise, ↑gopher, ↑Gopherus polypemus • Hypernyms: ↑tortoise • Member Holonyms: ↑Gopherus, ↑genus Go …   Useful english dictionary

  • gopher — gopher1 /goh feuhr/, n. 1. any of several ground squirrels of the genus Citellus, of the prairie regions of North America. 2. See pocket gopher. 3. See gopher tortoise. 4. See gopher snake. 5 …   Universalium

  • Tortoise — Taxobox name = Tortoises image width = 250px image caption = A Galápagos Giant Tortoise regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Reptilia ordo = Testudines subordo = Cryptodira superfamilia = Testudinoidea familia = Testudinidae subdivision… …   Wikipedia

  • gopher — I. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1791 1. a burrowing land tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) of the southern United States; broadly any of several related land tortoises called also gopher tortoise 2. a. any of a family (Geomyidae) of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gopher — [ gəʊfə] noun 1》 (also pocket gopher) a burrowing American rodent with fur lined pouches on its cheeks. [Family Geomyidae: many species.]     ↘North American term for ground squirrel.     ↘[as modifier] in names of various burrowing reptiles:… …   English new terms dictionary

  • gopher frog — noun : a frog (Rana aesopus) of the southeastern United States often found in the burrows of the gopher tortoise …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gopher — Go pher, n. [F. gaufre waffle, honeycomb. See {Gauffer}.] (Zo[ o]l.) 1. One of several North American burrowing rodents of the genera {Geomys} and {Thomomys}, of the family {Geomyid[ae]}; called also {pocket gopher} and {pouched rat}. See {Pocket …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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