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Gopher  n.  (Zool.)
One of several North American burrowing rodents of the genera Geomys and Thomomys, of the family Geomyidae; called also pocket gopher and pouched rat. See Pocket gopher, and Tucan. Note: The name was originally given by French settlers to many burrowing rodents, from their honeycombing the earth.
One of several western American species of the genus Spermophilus, of the family Sciuridae; as, the gray gopher (Spermophilus Franklini) and the striped gopher (S. tridecemlineatus); called also striped prairie squirrel, leopard marmot, and leopard spermophile. See Spermophile.
A large land tortoise (Testudo Carilina) of the Southern United States, which makes extensive burrows.
A large burrowing snake (Spilotes Couperi) of the Southern United States.
Gopher drift (Mining), an irregular prospecting drift, following or seeking the ore without regard to regular grade or section.

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"Gopher" Quotes from Famous Books

... Don't tell me of yer Romans, or yer bridge bein' held by three; True manhood's the same in Texas as it was in Rome, d'ye see? Did the Greaser escape? Why certain. I saw the hull crowd over thar At the ranch of Bill Simmons, the gopher, with their glasses over ...
— Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp • Various

... just what was precisely the reason for the Guggenhammers and the big English concerns sending in their high-salaried experts. That was their scheme. That was why they had approached him for the sale of worked-out claims and tailings. They were content to let the small mine-owners gopher out what they could, for there would ...
— Burning Daylight • Jack London

... 1894, at Vicksburg, Miss., fell a small piece of alabaster; that, at Bovina, eight miles from Vicksburg, fell a gopher turtle. ...
— The Book of the Damned • Charles Fort

... summer—powerful dry," said the rancher, with a wink at his guests. "Zen, I think there's a bit of gopher poison in there ...
— Dennison Grant - A Novel of To-day • Robert Stead

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