pika definition

  • noun:
    • some of several small, tailless, furry mammals of this genus Ochotona for the mountains of the united states and Eurasia, resembling guinea pigs but belonging to the order of lagomorphs that includes the hares and rabbits. Also called coney1, stone bunny.
    • some of a number of tiny, furry mammals, much like guinea pigs, of the family members Ochotonidae, from the mountains of united states and Asia.
    • Any one of several species of tailless rats of genus Ochotona (formerly Lagomys), resembling small rabbits, however with short ears alnd legs. They inhabit the large mountains of Asia and The united states. Known as also calling hare, and crying hare and stone bunny. See chief hare.
    • a little rodent quadruped regarding the genus Lagomys, household Lagomyidæ, belonging to the duplicidentate or lagomorphic variety of the Rodentia, inhabiting alpine elements of the northern hemisphere.
    • small short-eared burrowing mammal of rocky uplands of Asia and western united states

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