chip·munk | \ˈchip-ˌməŋk \

Definition of chipmunk 

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

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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 But beyond his chipmunk imitations, McCarntey has quite the voice. Marc Bona,, "Pier W 1 of 2 Ohio restaurants on OpenTable best brunches list," 8 May 2018 Other animals, like rats, rabbits and chipmunks can then become infected when fleas move on from an infected animal. Anna Gunther, CBS News, "Idaho boy recovering from rare case of plague," 13 June 2018 The way to tell if the burrow was created by a rat and not another animal like a chipmunk is to look at the way the rodent created the hole. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 ways to rid your home and yard of rats without using poison," 1 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 \

Kids Definition of chipmunk

: a small striped animal related to the squirrel

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