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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Raccoons, marmots, mice, and other small animals have been known to pilfer tasty morsels when given the chance. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up Camp," 2 Apr. 2019 Higher up near the alpine regions, black pine yields to sheer granite and slate peaks, and chamois, ptarmigan, stoat and marmots peer curiously at visitors, while griffon vultures and golden eagles soar overhead. Smithsonian, "Explore Catalonia’s Most Beautiful Nature Parks," 15 June 2018 This strategy works for birds, squirrels, deer, marmots, chipmunks, elk, moose, and bears, but sadly, not wolves. Madeleine Trebenski, Outside Online, "Rules of the Trail for Terrible People," 1 July 2018 The first larkspur wildflower is showing up eight days earlier and the marmots are coming out of hibernation five days earlier, according to data gathered by the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "Not just heat: Climate change signs can be seen all around," 19 June 2018 Dinner guests were reportedly pleased at how tender the marmot meat was when properly prepared, tasting like a cross between pork and chicken. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "The truth about Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil is 131-year-old fake news," 2 Feb. 2018 In town, the greengrocer finds a fuzzy, marmot-like creature with elephantine ears in a crate of oranges. Frances Leech, Longreads, "Forgetting the Madeleine," 3 May 2018 Your odds of seeing wild animals — ranging from arctic ground squirrels, marmots and Dall sheep to bears and moose — are good, considering the trail isn't as trafficked as others in the Chugach. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "Make the most of your trip with these hikes near Anchorage," 2 May 2018 Today, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his marmot hole in Pennsylvania, saw his shadow, and scurried back inside, subjecting us to six more weeks of winter. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Groundhog Bites Journalist, We Get 6 More Weeks of Blood," 2 Feb. 2018

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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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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


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


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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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