One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Zoology. Of, relating to, or resembling (that of) squirrels.
2Botany. Of a part of a plant: curved like a squirrel's tail. rare.
Chiefly Palaeontology. A sciuroid rodent.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From scientific Latin Sciurus, genus name + -oid.
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