Definition of chipmunk in English:


Syllabification: chip·munk
Pronunciation: /ˈCHipˌməNGk


  • A burrowing ground squirrel with cheek pouches and light and dark stripes running down the body, found in North America and northern Eurasia.
    • Genus Tamias, family Sciuridae: many species, including the eastern chipmunk (T. striatus), common in the eastern US
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    • Small mammals, rats, field and house mice, rabbits, pocket gophers, chipmunks and squirrels make up 80-85 percent of their diet.
    • No subject was ever used more than once in the experiments; the total number of subjects involved was 30 chipmunks and 30 deer mice.
    • For example, yellow pine chipmunks and deer mice pilfer each other's cached seeds under wet conditions.


mid 19th century: from Ojibwa.

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