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 for Squirrel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Squirrel \Squir"rel\ (skw[~e]r"r[e^]l or skw[i^]r"-; 277), n.
     [OE. squirel, OF. esquirel, escurel, F. ['e]cureuil, LL.
     squirelus, squirolus, scuriolus, dim. of L. sciurus, Gr.
     si`oyros; skia` shade + o'yra` tail. Cf. Shine, v. i.]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of small rodents
        belonging to the genus Sciurus and several allied genera
        of the family Sciuridae. Squirrels generally have a
        bushy tail, large erect ears, and strong hind legs. They
        are commonly arboreal in their habits, but many species
        live in burrows.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Among the common North American squirrels are the gray
           squirrel ({Sciurus Carolinensis) and its black
           variety; the fox, or cat, squirrel ({Sciurus cinereus,
           or Sciurus niger) which is a large species, and
           variable in color, the southern variety being
           frequently black, while the northern and western
           varieties are usually gray or rusty brown; the red
           squirrel (see Chickaree); the striped, or chipping,
           squirrel (see Chipmunk); and the California gray
           squirrel ({Sciurus fossor). Several other species
           inhabit Mexico and Central America. The common European
           species ({Sciurus vulgaris) has a long tuft of hair on
           each ear. The so-called Australian squirrels are
           marsupials. See Petaurist, and Phalanger.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     2. One of the small rollers of a carding machine which work
        with the large cylinder.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Barking squirrel (Zool.), the prairie dog.
  
     Federation squirrel (Zool.), the striped gopher. See
        Gopher, 2.
  
     Flying squirrel (Zool.). See Flying squirrel, in the
        Vocabulary.
  
     Java squirrel. (Zool.). See Jelerang.
  
     Squirrel corn (Bot.), a North American herb ({Dicentra
        Canadensis) bearing little yellow tubers.
  
     Squirrel cup (Bot.), the blossom of the Hepatica triloba,
        a low perennial herb with cup-shaped flowers varying from
        purplish blue to pink or even white. It is one of the
        earliest flowers of spring.
  
     Squirrel fish. (Zool.)
        (a) A sea bass ({Serranus fascicularis) of the Southern
            United States.
        (b) The sailor's choice ({Diplodus rhomboides).
        (c) The redmouth, or grunt.
        (d) A market fish of Bermuda ({Holocentrum Ascensione).
            
  
     Squirrel grass (Bot.), a pestiferous grass ({Hordeum
        murinum) related to barley. In California the stiffly
        awned spikelets work into the wool of sheep, and into the
        throat, flesh, and eyes of animals, sometimes even
        producing death.
  
     Squirrel hake (Zool.), a common American hake ({Phycis
        tenuis); -- called also white hake.
  
     Squirrel hawk (Zool.), any rough-legged hawk; especially,
        the California species Archibuteo ferrugineus.
  
     Squirrel monkey. (Zool.)
        (a) Any one of several species of small, soft-haired South
            American monkeys of the genus Callithrix. They are
            noted for their graceful form and agility. See
            Teetee.
        (b) A marmoset.
  
     Squirrel petaurus (Zool.), a flying phalanger of Australia.
        See Phalanger, Petaurist, and Flying phalanger under
        Flying.
  
     Squirrel shrew (Zool.), any one of several species of East
        Indian and Asiatic insectivores of the genus Tupaia.
        They are allied to the shrews, but have a bushy tail, like
        that of a squirrel.
  
     Squirrel-tail+grass+(Bot.),+a+grass+({Hordeum+jubatum">Squirrel-tail grass (Bot.), a grass ({Hordeum jubatum)
        found in salt marshes and along the Great Lakes, having a
        dense spike beset with long awns.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  squirrel
      n 1: a kind of arboreal rodent having a long bushy tail
      2: the fur of a squirrel

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