noun \-ˌchək\

: a small, furry North American animal that lives in the ground

Full Definition of WOODCHUCK

:  a grizzled thickset marmot (Marmota monax) chiefly of Alaska, Canada, and the northeastern United States —called also groundhog


by folk etymology from a word of Algonquian origin; akin to Narragansett ockqutchaun woodchuck
First Known Use: 1674


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Reddish brown or brown species (Marmota monax) of solitary marmot inhabiting fields and forest edges in Alaska, Canada, and the eastern and central U.S. Woodchucks are 17–20 in. (42–52 cm) long, have a 4–6-in. (10–15-cm) tail, and weigh 4–14 lbs (2–6 kg). They are good diggers, swimmers, and climbers. Their burrows have a main entrance and an escape tunnel. See also Groundhog Day.

Variants of WOODCHUCK

woodchuck or groundhog


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