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Definition of gopher:

  1. A large burrowing snake ( Spilotes Couperi) of the Southern United States.
  2. A large land tortoise ( Testudo Carilina) of the Southern United States, which makes extensive burrows.
  3. One of several North American burrowing rodents of the genera Geomys and Thomomys, of the family Geomyidae; - called also pocket gopher and pouched rat. See Pocket gopher, and Tucan.
  4. One of several western American species of the genus Spermophilus, of the family Sciuridae; as, the gray gopher ( Spermophilus Franklini) and the striped gopher ( S. tridecemlineatus); -- called also striped prairie squirrel, leopard marmot, and leopard spermophile. See Spermophile.

Synonyms:

gopher turtle, Gopherus polypemus, eastern chipmunk, gauffering iron, goffer, gauffer, gopher tortoise, striped squirrel, goffering iron, pocket gopher, hackee, pouched rat, spermophile, ground squirrel.

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