any of various small, burrowing squirrels (esp. genus Spermophilus)
Any of several terrestrial squirrels of the genus Spermophilus of Eurasia and North America, most of which live in burrows and hibernate during the winter.
(plural ground squirrels)
- Any of a number of medium-sized squirrel-like borrowing rodents of the tribe Marmotini (i.e., excluding the smaller chipmunks and the larger marmots and prairie dogs).
- Any of the squirrel-like borrowing rodents of the tribes Marmotini and Xerini.