chip·​munk ˈchip-ˌməŋk How to pronounce chipmunk (audio)
: any of a genus (Tamias) of small striped North American and Asian rodents of the squirrel family

Examples of chipmunk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many types of animals can be affected by plague, including rock squirrels, wood rats, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, mice, voles and rabbits. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 9 July 2024 Common tree squirrels with their big bushy tails and striped ground squirrels (also known as chipmunks) can uproot a thriving container garden in short order. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 June 2024 From chipmunks to woodchucks, hundreds of animals hibernate. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2024 Many kinds of animals can get Lyme disease, including mice, chipmunks and squirrels. Tiffany Acosta, The Arizona Republic, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for chipmunk 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chipmunk was in 1830

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“Chipmunk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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chip·​munk ˈchip-ˌməŋk How to pronounce chipmunk (audio)
: any of numerous small striped animals of North America and Asia related to the squirrels

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