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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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 Within the property, there are more than 30 miles of marked trails to explore, or in Zeus’s case, territory to mark and chipmunks to chase. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "Montana resort caters to dogs with gourmet meals, mixers and four-legged fashion shows," 13 Sep. 2018 Unfortunately, lilies are delectable treats to many rodents including squirrels and chipmunks. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Lily Flowers," 1 Aug. 2018 Further along the paths, under the canopy of the trees, birds and chipmunks hop and scurry in the grass as children yell playfully from boats in the harbor., "At World’s End in Hingham, wooded trails mingle with harbor view," 23 June 2018 By feeding on small animals such as mice, chipmunks, squirrels or certain birds that are infected, the tick will ingest the bacteria and can transmit them to their next food source. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reducing your risk of Lyme disease as the threat increases," 10 July 2018 California has several squirrel-like critters: the gray squirrel, Douglas squirrel, ground squirrel, chipmunk and chickaree. Tom Stienstra,, "At summer campsite, cute squirrels can go rogue," 9 July 2018 This strategy works for birds, squirrels, deer, marmots, chipmunks, elk, moose, and bears, but sadly, not wolves. Madeleine Trebenski, Outside Online, "Rules of the Trail for Terrible People," 1 July 2018 Squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, skunks, deer, many species of birds and more all breed and raise their young weeks prior to the solstice. Dave Epstein,, "It’s official: Summer has begun," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of chipmunk

1832, 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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English Language Learners Definition of chipmunk

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


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

Kids Definition of chipmunk

: a small striped animal related to the squirrel

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