- any of a family (Geomyidae) of burrowing rodents about the size of a large rat, with wide cheek pouches; pocket gopher
- any of a number of striped ground squirrels (genus Citellus) found on the prairies of North America
Origin of gopherearlier magofer, prob. < AmInd a burrowing land tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) found in SE U.S.
- [G-]Informal a person born or living in Minnesota, called the Gopher State
Origin of gopherfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps French gaufre, honeycomb (see goffer): so called from its habit of burrowing