chip·​munk | \ ˈchip-ˌməŋk How to pronounce chipmunk (audio) \

Definition of chipmunk

: any of a genus (Tamias) of small striped North American and Asian rodents of the squirrel family

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Musical but mischievous chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore wreak havoc in the life of songwriter Dave Seville. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 The landscape was a blend of browns and greens with Joshua trees, rabbitbrush and Ponderosa pines lining the route, chipmunks, lizards and rabbits providing the only company. Rick Maese,, "Extreme heat is changing sports, from the Olympics to local races," 15 July 2019 During the larval and nymphal life stages, these blood meals are typically from small mammals, like mice or chipmunks., "A tick detective wants to understand what drives tick abundance," 22 Aug. 2019 Musical but mischievous chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore wreak havoc in the life of songwriter Dave Seville. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 But a property across the street saw its front fence completely ruined; cinder blocks were spilled across the sidewalk and covered a large pile of wood that the Austins had left for chipmunks to live in. Gustavo Arellano,, "Massive earthquakes cracked the very foundations of the tiny but tough town of Trona," 8 July 2019 Steamboat Lake Keep your eyes peeled for fox, mule deer, beavers, chipmunks, weasels and hundreds of species of birds at Steamboat Lake, roughly 30 miles north of Steamboat Springs. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "18 places you can rent a boat in landlocked Colorado," 8 July 2019 The boathouse had burned down, the stables were a shambles and the aging house had broken windows, warped floors, dodgy wiring and some resident mice and chipmunks. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Couple shares 25-year love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright home," 18 June 2019 As a kid growing up with so-called (my words) chipmunk cheeks that my grandmother's friends loved to squeeze like Play-Doh, cheekbones have always been a foreign concept to me. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "I Tried Kim Kardashian's Favorite Laser Skin-Tightening Treatment," 30 May 2019

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First Known Use of chipmunk

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chipmunk

alteration of earlier chitmunk, probably from Ojibwa ačitamo·nʔ red squirrel

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The first known use of chipmunk was in 1830

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English Language Learners Definition of chipmunk

: a small North American animal that is related to the squirrel


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Kids Definition of chipmunk

: a small striped animal related to the squirrel

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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