squirrel

Definitions

General English

Agriculture

  • noun a medium-sized rodent living in trees

Food

  • A bushy tailed tree climbing rodent of the family Sciuridae, eaten in many parts of the world. Well known in Cajun cookery, probably the grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis.

Origin & History of “squirrel”

The squirrel’s name means etymologically ‘little shadow-tail’. It comes via Anglo-Norman esquirel from vulgar Latin *scūriōlus, a diminutive form of *scūrius. this was an alteration of Latin sciūrus ‘squirrel’ (now the scientific name for the squirrel genus), which in turn came from Greek skíouros, a compound formed from skiā́ ‘shadow’ and ourā́ ‘tail’.
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