Origin: earlier magofer, prob. < AmInda burrowing land tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) found in SE U.S.
Origin: < ? Fr gaufre, honeycomb (see goffer): so called from its habit of burrowing
See gopher in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Probably short for earlier megopher, gopher tortoise
Origin: , of unknown origin.
Origin: From the gopher mascot of the University of Minnesota, where the protocol was developed.
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