Definition : from the sports team of University of Minnesota called the “Golden Gophers” (Minnesota is known as the “Gopher State”
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What does Gopher mean?

The Gopher protocol is TCP/IP application layer protocol designed for the specific purpose of distributed document search and retrieval.The Gopher Protocol was developed at the University of Minnesota, whose sports teams are called the “Golden Gophers” (Minnesota is known as the “Gopher State”). This is the direct origin of the name, but it is also appropriate because the rodent (mammal) that shares it is known for burrowing, just as the protocol is designed to “burrow” through the Internet. And gofer (same sound) is an assistant who ‘goes for’ things.