Definition of woodchuck in English:


Syllabification: wood·chuck
Pronunciation: /ˈwo͝odˌCHək


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.


late 17th century: alteration (by association with wood) of an American Indian name.

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