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burrow (n.)

"rabbit-hole, fox-hole, hole in the ground excavated by an animal as a refuge or habitation," c. 1300, borewe, a collateral form of Old English burgh "stronghold, fortress" (see borough); influenced by bergh "hill" and berwen "to defend, take refuge."

burrow (v.)

c. 1600, "to place in a burrow," from burrow (n.). Figuratively (such as to burrow (one's) head) by 1862. Intransitive sense, "to bore one's way into, penetrate, make a hole in" is from 1610s, originally figurative; the literal sense, of animals, is attested by 1771. Related: Burrowed; borrowing.

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Definitions of burrow
1
burrow (v.)
move through by or as by digging;
burrow through the forest
Synonyms: tunnel
2
burrow (n.)
a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter;
Synonyms: tunnel
From wordnet.princeton.edu