Meaning of xerus

xe•rus

Pronunciation: (zēr'us), [key]
— n.
  1. an African ground squirrel of the genus Xerus, having spiny fur, very short ears, and a long tail, and including the species X. rutilus of northeastern Africa and X. erythropus of western and central Africa.
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