Definition of prairie dog noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


prairie dog

BrE BrE//ˈpreəri dɒɡ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreri dɔːɡ//
Wild mammals
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a small brown N American animal of the squirrel family that lives in holes on the prairies See related entries: Wild mammals Culture Prairie dogs are found mainly in the western US and northern Mexico. They makes a harsh sound like a dog's bark. Large family groups live underground but come out for the sun and to eat. They stand upright on their back legs to look for danger.
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