gopher vs spermophile what difference

what is difference between gopher and spermophile

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡəʊfə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡoʊfɚ/
  • Rhymes: -əʊfə(ɹ)

Etymology 1

Perhaps from French gaufre, based on the analogy of holes in the ground to the indentations in a waffle. Doublet of waffle

Noun

gopher (plural gophers)

  1. A small burrowing rodent, especially in the family Geomyidae.
  2. The gopher tortoise.
  3. The gopher rockfish.
Translations

Etymology 2

Noun

gopher (plural gophers)

  1. Alternative spelling of gofer

See also

  • gopher wood
  • gauffre


English

Etymology

From spermo- +‎ -phile, hence, “seed-lover”.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈspɜː(ɹ)məfaɪl/

Noun

spermophile (plural spermophiles)

  1. A terrestrial burrowing rodent; ground squirrel.

Synonyms

  • suslik, souslik
  • ground squirrel
  • gopher

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spɛʁ.mɔ.fil/

Noun

spermophile m (plural spermophiles)

  1. spermophile

Derived terms

  • spermophile à mante dorée des Cascades

Further reading

  • “spermophile” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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