gopher definition

  • noun:
    • Any of different short-tailed, burrowing rodents of family members Geomyidae of united states, having fur-lined additional cheek pouches. Also called pocket gopher.
    • some of numerous ground squirrels associated with the genus Citellus of North American prairies.
    • any one of several burrowing tortoises of genus Gopherus, particularly G. polyphemus regarding the southeast usa.
    • a tiny burrowing rodent, particularly in the household Geomyidae
    • The gopher tortoise
    • Alternative spelling of gofer.
    • One of several North American burrowing rodents regarding the genera Geomys and Thomomys, regarding the household Geomyidæ; -- called in addition pocket gopher and pouched rat. See pocket gopher, and tucan.
    • One of several western American species of the genus Spermophilus, of the family Sciuridæ; as, the gray gopher (Spermophilus Franklini) and the striped gopher (S. tridecemlineatus); -- called also striped prairie squirrel, leopard marmot, and leopard spermophile. See Spermophile.
    • a sizable land tortoise (Testudo Carilina) of this Southern United States, which makes considerable burrows.
    • A large burrowing snake (Spilotes Couperi) associated with south usa.
    • One of the pouched rats or pocket-gophers, sundry types of the rodent family members Geomyidœ and genera Geomys and Thomomys. See these words, and cut-under Geomyidæ.
    • one of several spermophiles, burrowing squirrels, or ground-squirrels for the household Sciuridœ, subfamily Spermophilinœ, and genera Cynomys, Spermophilus, and Tamias.
    • The Testudo (or Xerobates) carolina, a tortoise from 12 to 15 inches lengthy, of gregarious nocturnal and fossorial practices, loaded in the southern Atlantic States.
    • A snake, Spilote scouperi. Also called gopher serpent.
    • in certain parts of the southern usa, a plow.
    • some sort of waffle. See gofer.
    • burrowing edible land tortoise of southeastern the united states
    • burrowing rodent of this household Geomyidae having huge external cheek pockets; of Central America and southwestern North America
    • some of numerous terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worlds; frequently destroy plants
    • a native or resident of Minnesota
    • a zealously energetic person (especially a salesman)
  • others:
    • In mining, to begin or carry on mining operations at haphazard, or on a little scale; mine without having any mention of the the possibility of future permanent development. Such mine-openings are generally called gopher-holes and coyote-holes.

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