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
Recent Examples of marmot from the Web
Musk spells a weasel in the bushes or marmot close by.
In the mountains while hiking, don’t let your dog run around in areas with marmots, squirrels, mountain goats, etc.
The activities of the marmots, which are to some extent temperature related, drives the risk.
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Origin and Etymology of marmot
First Known Use: 1607See Words from the same year
MARMOT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of marmot for Students
: a stocky burrowing animal with short legs and a bushy tail that is related to the squirrels
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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