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Pika \Pi"ka\, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of tailless rodents of the genus Ochotona (formerly Lagomys), resembling small rabbits, but with short ears alnd legs. They inhabit the high mountains of Asia and America. Called also calling hare, and crying hare and rock rabbit. See Chief hare.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

rabbit-like animal of Siberia and North America, 1827, from Tunguse piika.


n. Any of several small, furry mammals, similar to guinea pigs, but related to rabbits, of the family Ochotonidae, from the mountains of North America and Asia.


n. small short-eared burrowing mammal of rocky uplands of Asia and western North America [syn: mouse hare, rock rabbit, coney, cony]


A pika ( ; archaically spelled pica) is a small mammal, with short limbs, very round body, rounded ears, and no external tail. The name "pika" is used for any member of the Ochotonidae, a family within the order of lagomorphs, which also includes the Leporidae ( rabbits and hares). One genus, Ochotona, is recognised within the family, and it includes 30 species. It is also known as the "whistling hare" due to its high-pitched alarm call when diving into its burrow. In the United States, the pika is colloquially called a "coney", a nonspecific term also used for rabbits, hares and hyraxes. The name "pika" appears to be derived from the Tungus piika.

Usage examples of "pika".

Chali knew Pika would guard any child in his charge with all the care he would give one of his own foals.

She called to Pika without even thinking his name, and the middle-aged pony separated himself from a knot of his friends and ambled to her side.

He noticed they raid pika and debdeb orchards--those are sweet fruits they grow in some oases--and cooked up sugar water in a still to see if he could use it to bargain with them.

Pikas have divided the land into separate kingdoms, each to a pika, and they call out their territory over and over until their voices attract the wolves.

As has been argued, the natural mix of animals, bighorn sheep,rabbit, pika, elk, mule deer, white tail deer and even the peccary- who are omnivores but depend heavily on vegetable matter, and bighorn sheep can sustain much more population without damage to the Watershed than a smaller number of the domestic cow, horse, goat or sheep alone.

Chi-Sa wore the same gray Pika priest robes as Ven-Sa, but he wore them with stark gravity instead of sardonic attitude.

Its voice was high and bright and echoed through the shrine like tinkling bells rung by Pika priests during a holy ceremony.

I saw you take out Rinty, Pika, and the men with them from a window on this floor.

Arctic cinque-foil, with small yellow flowers, found protection from the wind in the same sheltered pockets and niches preferred by pikas, while on exposed surfaces, cushions of moss campion with purple or pink blossoms formed their own protective hummocks of leafy stems in the cold drying winds.

Wolf had discovered an abundance of small creatures, voles, lemmings, and pikas, and had gone off to hunt and explore.

This the pikas achieved by feeding the flames a steady diet of damp leaves and bark.

He reared upon his hind legs as pikas sometimes do, forelegs nearly crossed over his white belly.

Swiftly, they are upon the pikas, chasing the little rodents, yipping, cutting them off from their burrows, gobbling one or two down for every ten that escape.

The adults resembled pikas more than rats, round and furry, verging on cute.

Pika was a stallion, but Chali would have trusted a tiny baby to his care.