spermophile
noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek sperma seed + philos loving Date: 1824 ground squirrel

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  • spermophile — [ spɛrmɔfil ] n. m. • 1823; lat. zool. spermophilus, du gr. sperma « graine » et philos « qui aime » ♦ Zool. Petit rongeur voisin de la marmotte, à abajoues volumineuses, qui vit dans des terriers où il entasse des graines. ● spermophile nom… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Spermophile — Sper mo*phile, n. [Gr. spe rma a seed + fi los loving, fond.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any ground squirrel of the genus {Spermophilus}; a gopher. See Illust. under {Gopher}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spermophile — [spʉr′mə fīl΄, spʉr′məfil] n. [< Gr sperma, a seed (see SPERM1) + PHILE] any of several squirrel like rodents, as the ground squirrels, that live in burrows, feed on vegetation, and sometimes damage crops …   English World dictionary

  • Spermophile — Spermophile …   Wikipédia en Français

  • spermophile — pilkasis staras statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Citellus citellus angl. European ground squirrel; European souslik; European suslik vok. Erdeichhörnchen; gemeiner Ziesel; grauer Ziesel; Schlicht… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • spermophile — noun A terrestrial burrowing rodent; ground squirrel Seek spermophile who lives on the plains of the West and is often called gopher, is the true ground squirrel. Syn: ground squirrel, gopher …   Wiktionary

  • spermophile — (spèr mo fi l ) s. m. Terme d histoire naturelle. •   Genre de rongeurs dans lequel on distingue le spermophile citille, dit vulgairement citille, souslicou souslik, jevraschka, marmotte de Sibérie, et lapin d Allemagne, LEGOARANT . ÉTYMOLOGIE… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • spermophile — /sperr meuh fuyl , fil/, n. any of various burrowing rodents of the squirrel family, esp. of the genus Spermophilus (or Citellus), sometimes sufficiently numerous to do much damage to crops, as the ground squirrels and susliks. [1815 25; SPERMO + …   Universalium

  • spermophile — member of family of seed loving rodents Love and Attraction …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • spermophile — sper·mo·phile …   English syllables

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