A burrowing rodent of North and Central America. The word may come from Canadian French gaufre ‘honeycomb’, because the gopher ‘honeycombs’ the ground with its burrows.
Gopher is the name of a menu-based system which allows users of the Internet to search for and retrieve documents on topics of interest. The name comes from the gopher mascot of the University of Minnesota, US, where the system was invented.
Gopher State an informal name for Minnesota.