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

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Recent Examples on the Web Remember when Gordy, the Milwaukee County Zoo's resident groundhog, didn't see his shadow this year? Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Mar. 2022 In 2016, Sussex County’s groundhog, Stonewall Jackson, died the night before the weather-predicting ceremony, reported. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2022 Milltown Mel, a weather-predicting groundhog in New Jersey, died just before his annual celebration. Camille Furst, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2022 The groundhog saw his shadow on February 2, his handlers say. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 Woodstock Willie is the celebrated groundhog in Woodstock, Ill. Camille Furst, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2022 Climatologically speaking, the three coldest months of the year in the U.S. are December, January and February, so winter typically still has a ways to go when the groundhog comes out Feb. 2. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 2 Feb. 2022 Because of Milltown Mel's sudden death and the inability to recruit a new groundhog to make Mel's 2022 prediction, Milltown Mel's annual Feb. 2 prediction ceremony has been canceled. Tristan Balagtas,, 1 Feb. 2022 Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow, declaring there would be six more weeks of winter. Bradley Blackburn, CBS News, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of groundhog

1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for groundhog

ground entry 1 + hog entry 1

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31 Mar 2022

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“Groundhog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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

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