bur·row (bûrō, bŭrō)
1. A hole or tunnel dug in the ground by a small animal, such as a rabbit or mole, for habitation or refuge.
2. A narrow or snug place.
v.bur·rowed, bur·row·ing, bur·rows
a. To dig a hole or tunnel for habitation or refuge.
b. To live or hide in such a place.
2. To move or progress by or as if by digging or tunneling:"Suddenly the tn is burrowing through the pinewoods"(William Styron).
1. To make by or as if by tunneling.
2. To dig a hole or tunnel in or through.
3. Arcc To hide in or as if in a burrow.
(click for a larger image)burrow
burrow of a woodchuck
B. spy hole
C. excrement chamber
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