meaning of burrow

burrow meaning in General Dictionary

To excavate a hole to lodge in as in our planet to lodge in a hole excavated in earth as conies or rabbits

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  • An incorporated city See 1st Borough
  • a hole created by an animal, generally for refuge
  • undertake by or as by looking
  • An incorporated city. See 1st Borough.
  • A shelter; esp. a hole in surface made by specific creatures, as rabbits, for refuge and habitation.
  • A heap or loads of rubbish or refuse.
  • A mound. See 3d Barrow, and Camp, n., 5.
  • To excavate a hole to lodge in, such as the earth; to lodge in a hole excavated into the earth, as conies or rabbits.
  • To lodge, or take refuge, in any deep or concealed spot; to cover.

burrow meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"rabbit-hole, fox-hole, etc.," c.1300, borewe, from Old English burgh "stronghold, fortress" (see borough); impacted by bergh "hill," and berwen "to defend, take refuge."

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  • c.1600, "to position in a burrow, from burrow (n.). Figuratively (such as to burrow (one's) mind) by 1862. Intransitive good sense, "to bore a person's way into, penetrate" is from 1610s, originally figurative (literal sense, of animals, attested by 1771). Associated: Burrowed; borrowing.

burrow meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A shelter; esp. a hole into the surface produced by certain pets, as rabbits, for housing and habitation.

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  • (letter.) A heap or lots of trash or refuse.
  • (v. i.) To excavate a hole to lodge in, like in the planet earth; to lodge in a hole excavated when you look at the planet, as conies or rabbits.
  • (v. i.) To lodge, and take refuge, in every deep or hidden destination; to cover.

Sentence Examples with the word burrow

The burrow of the young hamster is only about a foot in depth, while that of the adult descends 4 or 5 ft.

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