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marmot Syllabification: mar·mot
Pronunciation: /ˈmärmət/

Definition of marmot in English:


A heavily built, gregarious, burrowing rodent of both Eurasia and North America, typically living in mountainous country.
  • Genus Marmota, family Sciuridae: several species
Example sentences
  • The Rodentia also includes beavers, muskrats, porcupines, woodchucks, chipmunks, squirrels, prairie dogs, marmots, chinchillas, voles, lemmings, and many others.
  • Some of these destructive species include beavers, muskrats, elk, deer, voles, marmots, prairie dogs and geese.
  • Stop along this byway to hike across broad plateaus and to admire Rocky Mountain goats, moose, black bears, grizzly bears, marmots, and mule deer.


Early 17th century: from French marmotte, probably via Romansh murmont from late Latin mus montanus 'mountain mouse'; compare with French marmotter 'mutter through the teeth'.

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