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: Middle English squirel from Old French escuriuel from Vulgar Latin an unverified form scuriolus, diminutive of an unverified form scurius, for Classical Latin sciurus from Glassical Greek skiouros, squirrel from skia, shadow (see shine) plush oura, tail: see uro-
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