One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Old World squirrel that frequents palm trees, especially a tree squirrel with a striped back and a shrill birdlike call.
Genus Funambulus and other genera, family Sciuridae: several species, in particular F. pennanti of northern India
- ‘A stepwell was host not only to people but also to entire communities of bees, fish, lizards, palm squirrels, parrots, pigeons, and turtles.’
- ‘The African palm squirrels (genus Epixerus) are long-legged runners that forage only on the ground.’
- ‘The stripes on the Palm Squirrel's back are explained by a Hindu legend.’
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