Gopher

Definition of Gopher

Go´pher
n.1.(Zool.) One of several North American burrowing rodents of the genera Geomys and Thomomys, of the family Geomyidæ; - called also pocket gopher and pouched rat. See Pocket gopher, and Tucan.
2.One of several western American species of the genus Spermophilus, of the family Sciuridæ; as, the gray gopher (Spermophilus Franklini) and the striped gopher (S. tridecemlineatus); - called also striped prairie squirrel, leopard marmot, and leopard spermophile. See Spermophile.
3.A large land tortoise (Testudo Carilina) of the Southern United States, which makes extensive burrows.
4.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.
- Raymond.

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