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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Recent Examples on the Web Hansberger named the chipmunk Thelonious Munk, after the late jazz artist Thelonious Monk. Cathy Free, Washington Post, "You’re stressed. Take a break and look at this tiny chipmunk restaurant.," 3 Nov. 2020 Chipmunks are foragers, and one chipmunk can gather up to 165 acorns in a day, according to National Geographic Kids. Cathy Free, Washington Post, "You’re stressed. Take a break and look at this tiny chipmunk restaurant.," 3 Nov. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on restaurants, but one woman decided to open her own anyway -- on her porch, for a chipmunk. Ann W. Schmidt, Fox News, "Georgia writer opens restaurant for chipmunk on front porch complete with tiny table, impressive meals," 24 Oct. 2020 But every day, there is also Thelonious, a chipmunk who sits down to eat in a world without a doomful election and a deadly virus. Angela Hansberger, Bon Appétit, "I Miss Restaurants, So I Opened My Own…for a Chipmunk," 15 Oct. 2020 The chipmunk does not put on extra fat for winter as do gophers and woodchucks because of the habit of caching large stores of nuts and other seeds near its sleeping nest. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "There are winter announcements among all the autumn glory in the wild," 8 Oct. 2020 My New England garden is bedeviled by rabbits and chipmunks. The Washington Post, "Adrian Higgins on creating a modern-day victory garden, and more," 9 Apr. 2020 Police called the city’s animal control service to have the animal removed, but the woman later called police to state that a neighbor had come to her house and removed the chipmunk. cleveland, "Unknown man follows woman home from Walmart, leaves behind flowers: Lyndhurst Police Blotter," 26 Feb. 2020 Wait too long and mice and chipmunks will gnaw on shed antlers to extract the calcium and phosphorous. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "18 Key Strategies for Finding More Sheds," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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20 Nov 2020

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“Chipmunk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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