One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of numerous rodents constituting the family Sciuridae, which comprises the true squirrels (tree squirrels, flying squirrels, ground squirrels, marmots, and related forms); a squirrel.
Of or relating to squirrels or the family Sciuridae; characteristic of sciurids.
Early 20th century. From scientific Latin Sciurus, genus name + -id, after scientific Latin Sciuridae, family name.
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