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Beldings Ground Squirrel Urocitellus beldingi
2012-04-23 06:16:30

Belding’s ground squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi), is also known as sage rat, picket-pin, or pot gut. This ground squirrel resides on mountains in the western United States, ranging from parts of Washington and Oregon, to central California and southwestern Idaho and even into the extremities of northwestern Utah. In California, between Kings Canyon and Lake Tahoe, the Belding’s ground...

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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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