marmot

noun
mar·​mot | \ ˈmär-mət How to pronounce marmot (audio) \

Definition of marmot

: 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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Recent Examples on the Web But for all its cuteness, the Vancouver Island marmot is a role model in resiliency, Taylor added. Rochelle Baker, Wired, "Endangered Vancouver Island Marmots Are Making a Comeback," 28 Nov. 2020 The marmot can offer a portion of hope in this doomsday scenario. Rochelle Baker, Wired, "Endangered Vancouver Island Marmots Are Making a Comeback," 28 Nov. 2020 Saving the Vancouver Island marmot is critical for reasons beyond its own survival, Taylor stressed. Rochelle Baker, Wired, "Endangered Vancouver Island Marmots Are Making a Comeback," 28 Nov. 2020 The marmot is believed to have caused the 1911 pneumonic plague epidemic, which killed about 63,000 people in northeast China. Nectar Gan And Jessie Yeung, CNN, "China seals off village after bubonic plague death in Inner Mongolia," 7 Aug. 2020 The marmot is believed to have caused the 1911 pneumonic plague epidemic, which killed about 63,000 people in northeast China. Nectar Gan And Jessie Yeung, CNN, "China seals off village after bubonic plague death in Inner Mongolia," 7 Aug. 2020 The marmot is believed to have caused the 1911 pneumonic plague epidemic, which killed about 63,000 people in northeast China. Nectar Gan And Jessie Yeung, CNN, "China seals off village after bubonic plague death in Inner Mongolia," 7 Aug. 2020 The marmot is believed to have caused the 1911 pneumonic plague epidemic, which killed about 63,000 people in northeast China. Nectar Gan And Jessie Yeung, CNN, "China seals off village after bubonic plague death in Inner Mongolia," 7 Aug. 2020 The marmot is believed to have caused the 1911 pneumonic plague epidemic, which killed about 63,000 people in northeast China. Nectar Gan And Jessie Yeung, CNN, "China seals off village after bubonic plague death in Inner Mongolia," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of marmot

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marmot

French marmotte

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8 Jan 2021

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“Marmot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marmot. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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marmot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of marmot

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

marmot

noun
mar·​mot | \ ˈmär-mət How to pronounce marmot (audio) \

Kids Definition of marmot

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

marmot

noun
mar·​mot | \ ˈmär-mət How to pronounce marmot (audio) \

Medical Definition of marmot

: 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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