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noun mar·mot \ˈmär-mət\

Definition of marmot

  1. :  any of a genus (Marmota) of stout-bodied short-legged chiefly herbivorous burrowing rodents of the squirrel family that have coarse fur, a short bushy tail, and very small ears and that hibernate during the winter — compare woodchuck

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Origin and Etymology of marmot

French marmotte


First Known Use: 1607


MARMOT Defined for English Language Learners

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noun mar·mot \ˈmär-mət\

Definition of marmot for English Language Learners

  • : a small animal of America and Europe that has short legs and that lives in holes that it digs in the ground


MARMOT Defined for Kids

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noun mar·mot \ˈmär-mət\

Definition of marmot for Students

  1. :  a stocky burrowing animal with short legs and a bushy tail that is related to the squirrels


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marmot

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noun mar·mot \ˈmär-mət\

Medical Definition of marmot

  1. :  any of various stout-bodied short-legged burrowing rodents (genus Marmota) with coarse fur, a short bushy tail, and very small ears that are important reservoirs of sylvatic plague


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