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



BrE BrE//ˈskwɪrəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɜːrəl//
Wild mammals
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a small animal with a long thick tail and red, grey or black fur. Squirrels eat nuts and live in trees. see also ground squirrel See related entries: Wild mammals Word OriginMiddle English: shortening of Old French esquireul, from a diminutive of Latin sciurus, from Greek skiouros, from skia ‘shade’ + oura ‘tail’. Current verb senses date from the early 20th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: squirrel