wood·​chuck ˈwu̇d-ˌchək How to pronounce woodchuck (audio)
: a grizzled thickset marmot (Marmota monax) chiefly of Alaska, Canada, and the northeastern U.S.

called also groundhog

Examples of woodchuck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bobcat slowly circled the woodchuck with the woodchuck pivoting in the middle of the circle to keep facing the bobcat. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Jan. 2022 The garden is also a refuge for urban wildlife, housing foxes, woodchucks, opossums, bats and hens. Hailey Closson, Baltimore Sun, 22 June 2023 Users could download the skill for $0.99 to ask Jackson important questions, like what his favorite movie line is or how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 31 May 2023 Finding all the woodchuck entrances and exits to their burrows is no easy task. BostonGlobe.com, 3 May 2023 Woodchuck tick: Also known as the groundhog tick, it is often found on pets near dens of skunks and woodchucks throughout the state. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2023 So are groundhogs and woodchucks. John Kelly, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2023 After mating, pairs move in together to raise kits, usually by expanding a burrow abandoned by a woodchuck or skunk. Ross Andersen, The Atlantic, 2 Mar. 2023 The first type, often called lineage 1 Powassan virus is associated with Ixodes cookei or the woodchuck tick. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, 30 June 2021 See More

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Word History


by folk etymology from a word of Algonquian origin; akin to Narragansett ockqutchaun woodchuck

First Known Use

1674, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of woodchuck was in 1674

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“Woodchuck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodchuck. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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wood·​chuck -ˌchək How to pronounce woodchuck (audio)
: a stocky marmot mostly of Alaska, Canada, and the northeastern U.S.

called also groundhog

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