\tˈami͡əz], \tˈamiəz], \t_ˈa_m_iə_z]\
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A family of the order Rodentia which contains 49 genera. Some of the more common genera are MARMOTA, which includes the marmot and woodchuck; Sciurus, the gray squirrel, S. carolinensis, and the fox squirrel, S. niger; Tamias, the eastern and western chipmunk; and Tamiasciurus, the red squirrel. The flying squirrels, except the scaly-tailed Anomaluridae, also belong to this family.
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A genus of rodent mammals, allied to the true squirrels, but distinguished from them by the possession of cheek-pouches, and their habit of retreating into underground holes. They are of small size, and all of them marked with stripes on the back and sides. Lister's ground-squirrel (T. Listeri) is very common in the United States, where it is popularly known as hackee, chipmunk, or chipmuck. The striped ground-squirrel (T: striatus) is a very small species, inhabiting the vicinity of the Rocky Mountains, and an allied species is said to be very common in Siberia.
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