ground·​hog ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌhȯg How to pronounce groundhog (audio)

Examples of groundhog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anything can happen in a garden, nothing lasts, and yet something can always be made out of the soil, even with the most destructive weather, even when rabbits and groundhogs and Japanese beetles join forces, greedy and ruthless. Yiyun Li, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 The groundhogs are the most effective destroyers of a garden. Yiyun Li, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images Every February, Americans gather around their televisions to watch as a groundhog in a small town in western Pennsylvania pokes his head out of his burrow and either reacts to seeing his shadow in the snow or not. Bywill Daniel, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2023 The groundhog appeared to live under the shed and in a den behind the garden. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2023 Among wildest temptations: Resisting the plump groundhog munching grass in the yard. Mariashines, cleveland, 24 July 2023 The eaglets’ parents are bringing them plenty of food — usually shad, koi or catfish; and sometimes the occasional squirrel or groundhog — Greeley said. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2023 The last case was on July 7, when a groundhog potentially exposed a dog to rabies. Katia Parks, Baltimore Sun, 17 July 2023 Corn encounters a lot of pressure from external factors, such as deer or groundhogs, who eat or disturb the plants, or even rocky soil, explains Bryan Butler, the principal agent in agriculture and natural resources stationed in the Carroll County office of the University of Maryland Extension. Hannah Gore, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of groundhog was in 1741

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“Groundhog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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ground·​hog ˈgrau̇nd-ˌhȯg How to pronounce groundhog (audio)

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