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

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Donald will not budge on this point, even though a groundhog's lifespan typically doesn't exceed eight years. David Montero,, "How do you know it's springtime in Vegas? By waiting for Mojave Max to emerge," 29 Mar. 2018 Despite what that groundhog may predict, spring doesn't always mean warmer temps. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for Spring," 25 Feb. 2019 This week two groundhogs in Carroll County have caused a stir for what can only be described as odd behavior. Brittany Britto,, "Explainer: On groundhogs, rabies and what we know (and don't know) about Carroll's rodents," 9 May 2018 The groundhog, now named Chucky, went through a wild ride after getting stuck in a trap. Sarah Brookbank,, "Oxford police save groundhog from trap, name it Chucky," 3 July 2018 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

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1741, in the meaning defined above

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