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suslik n : rather large central Eurasian ground squirrel [syn: souslik, Citellus citellus]

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Noun

  1. Any of several large Eurasian squirrels, of the genera Citellus or Spermophilus
  2. The fur of these animals

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Usage notes

  • Thers is some disagreement over the taxonomy of these animals

Extensive Definition

The genus Spermophilus is the largest genus of ground squirrels and the one that contains the species that are most common and familiar in North America. Members of the genus are found from western Europe to Siberia and Alaska to northern Mexico. The Eurasian species are sometimes called susliks (or sousliks).
Ground squirrels may sometimes carry fleas that transmit diseases to humans (see Black Plague), and have been destructive in tunneling underneath human habitation. Though capable of climbing, ground squirrels spend little time in trees.

Species

suslik in Erzya: Кайгарш
suslik in German: Ziesel
suslik in Spanish: Spermophilus
suslik in Esperanto: Zizelo
suslik in French: Spermophile
suslik in Italian: Spermophilus
suslik in Lithuanian: Starai
suslik in Hungarian: Ürge
suslik in Dutch: Spermophilus
suslik in Polish: Suseł
suslik in Portuguese: Spermophilus
suslik in Russian: Суслики
suslik in Swedish: Sislar
suslik in Ukrainian: Ховрах
suslik in Chinese: 美洲黃鼠屬
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