Variant of squirrel
- any of a family (Sciuridae) of small rodents living in trees, on the ground, or in burrows and usually having a long, bushy tail, including flying squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots; esp., a tree squirrel
- the fur of some of these animals
Origin: ME squirel < OFr escuriuel < VL *scuriolus, dim. of *scurius, for L sciurus < Gr skiouros, squirrel < skia, shadow (see shine) + oura, tail: see uro-
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