Squirrels

Double click on any word to get a popup explanation of the word and sample sentences
Dictionary | Wikipedia | Synonyms | Quotation | News

Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Squirrels'

Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Squirrels'


and see text

Squirrels belong to a large family of small or medium-sized rodents called the Sciuridae. The family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa and have been introduced to Australia. Squirrels are first attested in the Eocene, about forty million years ago, and are most closely related to the mountain beaver and to dormice among living species.

The word squirrel, first attested in 1327, comes via Anglo-Norman esquirel from the Old French escurel, the reflex of a Latin word sciurus. This Latin word was itself borrowed from Ancient Greek word σκίουρος, skiouros, which means shadow-tailed, referring to the bushy appendage possessed by many of its members.

[See more about Squirrels at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]

Words and phrases related to 'Squirrels'


'Squirrels' in famous quotation sentence


* Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top. - Robert Burton


Click here for more related quotations on 'Squirrels'

Squirrels Sample Sentences in News


  • After a tumble from a tree, a baby squirrel becomes a starlet
    Young squirrels fall out of trees frequently. This cute one became a bit of a Facebook celebrity. Read more on this news related to 'Squirrels'
  • Squirrels Announce Promotional Changes
    RICHMOND, VA - The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, have announce two changes to the 2014 promotional calendar. Read more on this news related to 'Squirrels'
  • Squirrels conclude successful homestand with win over Reading
    Richmond got great pitching and timely hitting and wrapped up its first homestand of the season with four wins in six games. Read more on this news related to 'Squirrels'

Want to be famous? Add your definition to the meaning of 'Squirrels'


Search for more meaning of 'Squirrels' on the web