Gopher is the second type of information retrieval tool available on the internet that is a menu-based interface which provides access to information residing on special servers, called Gopher sites. Although Gopher performs primarily the same tasks as the fip command, its interface is much more user- friendly and it provides additional functions, such as links to other Internet services.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Gopher
- One of several North American burrowing rodents of the genera Geomys and Thomomys, of the family Geomyidae; -- called also pocket gopher and pouched rat. See Pocket gopher, and Tucan.
- One of several western American species of the genus Spermophilus, of the family Sciuridae; as, the gray gopher (Spermophilus Franklini) and the striped gopher (S. tridecemlineatus); -- called also striped prairie squirrel, leopard marmot, and leopard spermophile. See Spermophile.
- A large land tortoise (Testudo Carilina) of the Southern United States, which makes extensive burrows.
- A large burrowing snake (Spilotes Couperi) of the Southern United States.
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