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Definition: Sciurus niger
n : exceptionally large arboreal squirrel of eastern United
States [syn: fox squirrel
, eastern fox squirrel
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Definition: Sciurus niger
(f[o^]ks), n.; pl. Foxes
. [AS. fox; akin to D. vos,
G. fuchs, OHG. fuhs, foha, Goth. fa['u]h[=o], Icel. f[=o]a
fox, fox fraud; of unknown origin, cf. Skr. puccha tail. Cf.
1. (Zo["o]l.) A carnivorous animal of the genus Vulpes
, of many species. The European fox (V. vulgaris
or V. vulpes
), the American red fox (V. fulvus
), the American gray fox (V. Virginianus
the arctic, white, or blue, fox (V. lagopus
Note: The black or silver-gray fox is a variety of the
American red fox, producing a fur of great value; the
cross-gray and woods-gray foxes are other varieties of
the same species, of less value. The common foxes of
Europe and America are very similar; both are
celebrated for their craftiness. They feed on wild
birds, poultry, and various small animals.
Subtle as the fox for prey. --Shak.
2. (Zo["o]l.) The European dragonet.
3. (Zo["o]l.) The fox shark or thrasher shark; -- called also
. See Thrasher shark
, under Shark
4. A sly, cunning fellow. [Colloq.]
We call a crafty and cruel man a fox. --Beattie.
5. (Naut.) Rope yarn twisted together, and rubbed with tar;
-- used for seizings or mats.
6. A sword; -- so called from the stamp of a fox on the
blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox. [Obs.]
Thou diest on point of fox. --Shak.
7. pl. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians which, with the Sacs,
formerly occupied the region about Green Bay, Wisconsin;
-- called also Outagamies
Fox and geese
(a) A boy's game, in which one boy tries to catch others
as they run one goal to another.
(b) A game with sixteen checkers, or some substitute for
them, one of which is called the fox, and the rest the
geese; the fox, whose first position is in the middle
of the board, endeavors to break through the line of
the geese, and the geese to pen up the fox.
(Zo["o]l.), a large fruit bat of the genus
, of many species, inhabiting Asia, Africa, and
the East Indies, esp. P. medius
of India. Some of the
species are more than four feet across the outspread
wings. See Fruit bat
, a bolt having a split end to receive a fox wedge.
(Zo["o]l.), the tail of a fox.
, a disease in which the hair falls off; alopecy.
(Bot.), the name of two species of American
grapes. The northern fox grape (Vitis Labrusca
) is the
origin of the varieties called Isabella
, etc., and the southern fox grape (Vitis vulpina
) has produced the Scuppernong
, and probably the
(a) One who pursues foxes with hounds.
(b) A horse ridden in a fox chase.
(Zo["o]l.), the thrasher shark. See Thrasher shark
, under Thrasher
, pretended sleep.
(Zo["o]l.), a large American sparrow
); -- so called on account of its
(Zo["o]l.), a large North American squirrel
, or S. cinereus
). In the Southern
States the black variety prevails; farther north the
fulvous and gray variety, called the cat squirrel
(Zo["o]l.), one of a peculiar breed of
terriers, used in hunting to drive foxes from their holes,
and for other purposes. There are rough- and smooth-haired
, a pace like that which is adopted for a few
steps, by a horse, when passing from a walk into a trot,
or a trot into a walk.
(Mach. & Carpentry), a wedge for expanding the
split end of a bolt, cotter, dowel, tenon, or other piece,
to fasten the end in a hole or mortise and prevent
withdrawal. The wedge abuts on the bottom of the hole and
the piece is driven down upon it. Fastening by fox wedges
is called foxtail wedging.
(Zo["o]l.), one of several South American wild
dogs, belonging to the genus Canis
. They have long,
bushy tails like a fox.
(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. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small rodents
belonging to the genus Sciurus
and several allied genera
of the family Sciurid[ae]
. 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.
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
2. One of the small rollers of a carding machine which work
with the large cylinder.
(Zo["o]l.), the prairie dog.
(Zo["o]l.), the striped gopher. See
(Zo["o]l.). See Flying squirrel
, in the
. (Zo["o]l.). See Jelerang
(Bot.), a North American herb (Dicentra Canadensis
) bearing little yellow tubers.
(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.
(a) A sea bass (Serranus fascicularis
) of the Southern
(b) The sailor's choice (Diplodus rhomboides
(c) The redmouth, or grunt.
(d) A market fish of Bermuda (Holocentrum Ascensione
(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
(Zo["o]l.), a common American hake (Phycis tenuis
); -- called also white hake
(Zo["o]l.), any rough-legged hawk;
especially, the California species Archibuteo ferrugineus
(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
(b) A marmoset.
(Zo["o]l.), a flying phalanger of
Australia. See Phalanger
, and Flying phalanger
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
East Indian and Asiatic insectivores of the genus
. They are allied to the shrews, but have a bushy
tail, like that of a squirrel.
(Bot.), a grass (Hordeum jubatum
found in salt marshes and along the Great Lakes, having a
dense spike beset with long awns.