Definition of chipmunk in English:

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chipmunk

Pronunciation: /ˈCHipˌməNGk/

noun

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Ojibwa.

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Syllabification: chip·munk

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