The definition of a squirrel is a tree-dwelling rodent.(noun)
A small bushy brown rodent that climbs up trees and that eats nuts is an example of a squirrel.
To squirrel is to hide away something for safe keeping.(verb)
When you hide away money for the future, this is an example of a time when you squirrel away money.
See squirrel in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME squirel < OFr escuriuel < VL *scuriolus, dim. of *scurius, for L sciurus < Gr skiouros, squirrel < skia, shadow (see shine) + oura, tail: see uro-
See squirrel in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English squirel
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman esquirel
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *scūriolus
Origin: , diminutive of *scūrius
Origin: , alteration of Latin sciūrus
Origin: , from Greek skiouros
Origin: : skiā, shadow
Origin: + ourā, tail; see ors- in Indo-European roots.
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