Meaning of spermophile

sper•mo•phile

Pronunciation: (spûr'mu-fīl", -fil), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various burrowing rodents of the squirrel family, esp. of the genus Spermophilus (or Citellus), sometimes sufficiently numerous to do much damage to crops, as the ground squirrels and susliks.
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