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An Eastern Gray Squirrel

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Etymology

From Anglo-Norman esquirel, from Old French escurel (modern French écureuil), from Vulgar Latin scuriolus, diminutive of scurius, variant of [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] sciurus, from Ancient Greek σκίουρος (skíouros) < σκιά (skiá), shade, shadow) + οὐρά (ourá), tail).

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Noun

Singular
squirrel

Plural
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  1. Any of the rodents of the family Sciuridae distinguished by their large bushy tail.

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Verb

Infinitive
to squirrel

Third person singular
squirrel

Simple past
ing

Past participle
-

Present participle
l

to squirrel (third-person singular simple present squirrel, present participle l, simple past and past participle ing)
  1. with "away": To hoard in a hidden place, by analogy to squirrels' habit of hoarding nuts.
  2. with "around": To move or search erratically, especially as if hurried or confused.
    My mother warned me not to squirrel around in my dad's workshop.

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