Definition of woodchuck in English:

woodchuck

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Pronunciation: /ˈwʊdtʃʌk
 
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noun

  • A North American marmot with a heavy body and short legs.
    • Marmota monax, family Sciuridae
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    • The Rodentia also includes beavers, muskrats, porcupines, woodchucks, chipmunks, squirrels, prairie dogs, marmots, chinchillas, voles, lemmings, and many others.
    • Squirrels range in size from the mouse-sized African pygmy squirrel to the robust marmots and woodchucks (genus Marmota).
    • Unlike other marmots, woodchucks don't live in big colonies underground.

Origin

late 17th century: alteration (by association with wood) of an American Indian name; compare with Cree wuchak, otchock.

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