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 burrowing rodents of western North America, Central America, and the southern United States that are the size of a large rat and have large cheek pouches opening beside the mouth — called also pocket gopher b. any of several small ground squirrels (genus Spermophilus) of the prairie region of North America 3. gopher ball II. variant of gofer

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

, (Pseudostoma bursarius or Geomys bursarius) /

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