/zear"euhs/, n.
an African ground squirrel of the genus Xerus, having spiny fur, very short ears, and a long tail, and including the species X. rutilus of northeastern Africa and X. erythropus of western and central Africa.
[ < NL (1833), appar. < Gk xerós dry, perh. in reference to its rough fur]

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