- any of a family (Geomyidae) of burrowing rodents about the size of a large rat, with wide cheek pouches; pocket gopher
- any of a number of striped ground squirrels (genus Citellus) found on the prairies of North America
Origin of gopherearlier magofer, prob. < AmInd a burrowing land tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) found in SE U.S.
- Informal a person born or living in Minnesota, called the Gopher State
Origin of gopher; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps French gaufre, honeycomb (see goffer): so called from its habit of burrowing
- Any of various short-tailed, burrowing rodents of the family Geomyidae of North America, having fur-lined external cheek pouches. Also called pocket gopher.
- Any of various ground squirrels of North American prairies.
- See gopher tortoise.
Origin of gopherProbably short for earlier megopher, gopher tortoise, probably of Muskogean origin; akin to Choctaw kofussa, a hollow, an excavation.
- A small burrowing rodent, especially in the family Geomyidae
- The gopher tortoise
Perhaps from French gaufre, based on the analogy of holes in the ground to the indentations in a waffle.
- Alternative spelling of gofer.
From the gopher, mascot of the University of Minnesota, where the Gopher protocol was developed.
gopher - Computer Definition
An early text-based browser developed at the University of Minnesota, where the Golden Gopher is the school mascot. As Gopher is designed to go for information as it tunnels through the Internet to dig for data, the name is a multi-layer pun. Gopher was developed as a user interface to ease access to server resources in educational institutions and quickly became a de facto standard. Gopher servers enable the user to access a directory of Gopher server sites, click the name of the server, browse its file resources on the basis of nested menus, and download files using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Gopher has been obsoleted by the World Wide Web (WWW), although a number of Gopher servers remain in service. See also browser, de facto, FTP, Internet, server, standard, and WWW.
A protocol for searching file names and resources on the Internet that presents hierarchical menus to the user. As users select options, they are moved to different Gopher servers. Where links have been established, Usenet news and other information can be read directly from Gopher. Thousand of Servers in its Heyday Originally introduced in 1991 at the University of Minnesota, there were more than 7,000 Gopher servers on the Internet at one time. Gopher popularity declined as content on the Web increased throughout the 1990s, and by 2007, there were barely 100 servers remaining. Gopher client support was added to Web browsers for a while, but was not always complete and later abandoned in most cases. See Veronica, Archie, Jughead, WAIS and World Wide Web.