ground·​hog | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌhȯg How to pronounce groundhog (audio) , -ˌhäg \

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Recent Examples on the Web The groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, and the forecast doesn’t appear to have been a guess. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "West Shore communities offer lots of winter fun," 16 Feb. 2021 The groundhog, aka the woodchuck, is the largest member of the squirrel family. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "February is a generous month in the natural world," 4 Feb. 2021 According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of hiding on Feb. 2 and sees its shadow, that means another six weeks of winter is in store. Dallas News, "Dallas Arboretum’s groundhog guest predicts six more weeks of winter for Dallas-Fort Worth," 2 Feb. 2021 The National Weather Service office in La Crosse, Wis., looked at average winter temperatures between 1932 and 2013 and found that a groundhog’s forecast is accurate only about 50 percent of the time. Dallas News, "Dallas Arboretum’s groundhog guest predicts six more weeks of winter for Dallas-Fort Worth," 2 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile, her more famous groundhog counterpart, Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, saw his shadow and predicted another six weeks of winter. Carlie Wells,, "Did nutria at Audubon Zoo see her shadow on Groundhog Day? Watch video," 2 Feb. 2021 Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog on Tuesday emerged from the snow and saw his shadow, declaring there would be six more weeks of winter. CBS News, "Groundhog Day 2021: Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter," 2 Feb. 2021 If the 20-pound groundhog emerges and sees his shadow, the United States can expect six more weeks of winter weather according to legend. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Coldest Air of Winter On The Way," 1 Feb. 2021 Tradition says that if a groundhog emerges from its hole on Feb. 2 and sees its shadow, six more weeks of winter will follow. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Chuckles X, Connecticut’s official state groundhog, has died - search for Chuckles XI underway," 21 Oct. 2020

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1741, in the meaning defined above

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“Groundhog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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ground·​hog | \ ˈgrau̇nd-ˌhȯg How to pronounce groundhog (audio) , -ˌhäg \

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