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Definition of gopher noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    gopher

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈɡəʊfə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡoʊfər//
     
    Wild mammals
     
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  1. 1 (also ground squirrel) a N American animal like a rat, that lives in holes in the ground See related entries: Wild mammals
  2. 2= gofer See related entries: Wild mammals
  3. Word Origin late 18th cent.: perhaps from Canadian French gaufre ‘honeycomb’ (because the gopher “honeycombs” the ground with its burrows).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gopher

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