Pronunciation: (gō'fur),[key] —n. 1. any of several ground squirrels of the genus Citellus, of the prairie regions of North America.
2. See pocket gopher. 3. See gopher tortoise. 4. See gopher snake. 5. (cap.) a native or inhabitant of Minnesota (used as a nickname).
—v.i. Mining. a. to mine unsystematically.
b. to enlarge a hole, as in loose soil, with successively larger blasts.