What does the word gopher mean?

Usage examples for gopher

  1. 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
  2. Well, how goes it on the gopher ranch? – Neighbours by Robert Stead
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