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noun wood·chuck \ˈwu̇d-ˌchək\

Definition of woodchuck

  1. :  a grizzled thickset marmot (Marmota monax) chiefly of Alaska, Canada, and the northeastern U.S. —called also groundhog

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Origin and Etymology of woodchuck

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


First Known Use: 1674


WOODCHUCK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of woodchuck for English Language Learners

  • : a small, furry North American animal that lives in the ground


WOODCHUCK Defined for Kids

woodchuck

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noun wood·chuck \ˈwu̇d-ˌchək\

Definition of woodchuck for Students

  1. :  a reddish brown burrowing animal that is a plant-eating rodent that hibernates during the winter :  groundhog



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