One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A squirrel with red fur, found in the coniferous forests of North America.
Genus Tamiasciurus, family Sciuridae: three species, including the American red squirrel (T. hudsonicus)
- ‘The trail rambles gently through dry lodgepoles alive with chickarees and golden-mantled ground squirrels.’
- ‘Watch for small mammals such as chickarees, marmots, and rock and golden-mantled ground squirrels.’
- ‘The foliage, bark, and seeds provide food for black bears, Douglas chickarees, and gray squirrels.’
- ‘Also known as pine squirrels and chickarees, these rodents are known primarily for their constant chatter.’
- ‘Once the chipmunk had retreated, the dominant chickaree took over the piles of cones beneath the white pine and guarded his treasure vigilantly.’
- ‘Waking up in a bed, in a room, was strangely silent; no birds, no chickarees, no creek rushing by.’
Early 19th century: imitative of its call.
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