ground·​hog | \ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌhȯg, -ˌhäg\

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Gordy the groundhog was just born in April and is getting used to his new digs at the zoo over in the Family Farm animal encounters building. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everything (old and new) you should do at the zoo with your kids," 25 June 2018 There is a ritual groundhog prognostication with a polka band, just like in the film. Christopher Borrelli,, "Woodstock celebrates 25 years of living 'Groundhog Day' over and over," 2 Feb. 2018 NatureNauts will make their own craft groundhog that pops out of a hole. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trains you can ride at the Domes, a summer camp preview and snow for a no-snow day event," 7 Feb. 2018 The video shows the deputy stepping toward the groundhog, which doesn’t back away. Jessica Anderson,, "Deputy shoots groundhog in Carroll County, video of incident goes viral," 7 May 2018 There are all kinds of parables about nature fighting back against evil, but nothing has ever been so explicit as House Speaker Paul Ryan’s recent saga with woodchucks (alias groundhog). Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "House Speaker Paul Ryan Says Woodchucks Destroyed His Car," 13 July 2018 Fortunately, the Milwaukee zoo recently got a new groundhog and his name is Gordy. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Awwww! Milwaukee zoo announces arrival of adorable baby groundhog. And he loves broccoli.," 24 June 2018 Phil's club also steadfastly sticks to the lore centered around the groundhog's age. David Montero,, "How do you know it's springtime in Vegas? By waiting for Mojave Max to emerge," 29 Mar. 2018 Think of it as the groundhog’s version of Valentine’s Day. Kelli Bender,, "5 Burning (Burrowing?) Questions About Groundhog Day, Answered," 1 Feb. 2018

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1741, in the meaning defined above

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