What does the word gopher mean?

Usage examples for gopher

  1. Not long after this it was discovered that the Gopher was not at work. – First Fam'lies of the Sierras by Joaquin Miller
  2. Haldane was excellent company, and I had almost forgotten my fears that some untoward accident might happen, when his younger daughter asked: What is a gopher, Mr. Cotton? – The Mistress of Bonaventure by Harold Bindloss
  3. Well, how goes it on the gopher ranch? – Neighbours by Robert Stead