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bur·row / ˈbərō/ • n. a hole or tunnel dug by a small animal, esp. a rabbit, as a dwelling. • v. [intr.] (of an animal) make a hole or tunnel, esp. to use as a dwelling: moles burrowing away underground. ∎  move underneath or press close to something in order to hide oneself or in search of comfort: the child burrowed deeper into the bed. ∎ fig. make a thorough inquiry; investigate: journalists are burrowing into the president's business affairs. DERIVATIVES: bur·row·er n.

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Burrow

a heap or mound; esp., an animals hiding- or dwelling-place, hence, the animals themselves collectively.

Examples: burrow of conies, 1669; of foxes, 1538; of puffins, 1832; of rubbish, 1875; of rabbits, 1540; of soil, 1784; of barking squirrels or prairie dogs, 1814.

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burrow A trace fossil formed by an animal during feeding, migration, or in the creation of a resting place. Burrows are formed in soft sediments and may occur on the surface or be the result of subsurface activities.

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burrow sb. XIII. ME. borwʒ, borow, prob. var. of BOROUGH in the sense of ‘fortified or inhabited place’.
Hence burrow vb. make a burrow XVIII; fig. XIX.

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