prairie dog
noun Date: 1774 any of a genus (Cynomys) of gregarious burrowing rodents of the squirrel family chiefly of central and western United States plains; especially a black-tailed rodent (C. ludovicianus) that usually lives in extensive colonial burrows

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  • Prairie Dog — steht für Prairie Dog Central Railway, historische Bahnstrecke in Winnipeg, Manitoba Prairie Dog Town Fork Red River, Fluss in Texas Siehe auch Prairie Dog Township Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • prairie dog — prairie dogs N COUNT A prairie dog is a type of small furry animal that lives underground in the prairies of North America …   English dictionary

  • prairie dog — n a small animal with a short tail, which lives in holes on the prairies …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prairie dog — prairie ,dog noun count a small brown animal that lives in holes in the ground on the prairies of North America …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prairie dog — ☆ prairie dog n. any of a genus (Cynomys, family Sciuridae) of small, burrowing rodents of North America, having a barking cry and living in colonies …   English World dictionary

  • Prairie dog — This article is about the animal. For other uses, see Prairie dog (disambiguation). Prairie dogs Temporal range: Late Pliocene to Recent Black tailed prairie dogs Scientifi …   Wikipedia

  • prairie dog — any of several burrowing rodents of the genus Cynomys, of North American prairies, having a barklike cry: some are endangered. [1765 75, Amer.] * * * Any of five species (genus Cynomys) of short legged, terrestrial squirrels, named for their… …   Universalium

  • prairie dog — noun any of several rodents of North American prairies living in large complex burrows having a barking cry (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑prairie marmot • Hypernyms: ↑rodent, ↑gnawer • Hyponyms: ↑blacktail prairie dog, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • prairie dog — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms prairie dog : singular prairie dog plural prairie dogs a small brown animal that lives in holes in the ground on the prairies of North America …   English dictionary

  • prairie dog — prai′rie dog n. mam any burrowing squirrel of the genus Cynomys, of W North American and N Mexican plains and prairies, having a barklike cry • Etymology: 1765–75, amer …   From formal English to slang

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