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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gopher \Go"pher\, n. [F. gaufre waffle, honeycomb. See Gauffer.] (Zool.) 1. One of several North American burrowing rodents of the genera Geomys and Thomomys, of the family Geomyid[ae]; -- called also pocket gopher and pouched rat. See Pocket gopher, and Tucan. [1913 Webster] Note: The name was originally given by French settlers to many burrowing rodents, from their honeycombing the earth. [1913 Webster] 2. One of several western American species of the genus Spermophilus, of the family Sciurid[ae]; as, the gray gopher (Spermophilus Franklini) and the striped gopher (S. tridecemlineatus); -- called also striped prairie squirrel, leopard marmot, and leopard spermophile. See Spermophile. [1913 Webster] 3. A large land tortoise (Testudo Carilina) of the Southern United States, which makes extensive burrows. [1913 Webster] 4. A large burrowing snake (Spilotes Couperi) of the Southern United States. [1913 Webster] Gopher drift (Mining), an irregular prospecting drift, following or seeking the ore without regard to regular grade or section. --Raymond. [1913 Webster]