woodchuck

noun
wood·​chuck | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌchək How to pronounce woodchuck (audio) \

Definition of woodchuck

: 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 Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Wednesday a fatal case of Powassan virus, which is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick or woodchuck tick. Maria Jimenez Moya, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 The new prognosticating woodchuck, a female, arrived with a sister, museum Director Patricia Buxton announced. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 27 July 2021 The groundhog, aka the woodchuck, is the largest member of the squirrel family. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 4 Feb. 2021 And if the woodchuck was not your rodent of choice, there were rats. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 27 Nov. 2020 Chuckles X, a female woodchuck that conveyed forecasts to Manchester Mayor Jay Moran this year and in 2019, was cremated, Lutz Children’s Museum interim Director Kate Morrissey said Wednesday. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 21 Oct. 2020 There's still plenty of room among the stands of milkweed, yellow coneflower and stiff goldenrod for the monarch butterflies, purple martins, ruby-throated hummingbirds, honey bees and the rogue woodchuck. Barry Adams, Star Tribune, 7 Sep. 2020 The most obvious is to drive it daily, because unlike our mouse or Sirgany's woodchuck, most rodents will jump out of the engine and not return once the car is regularly in motion. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2020 Sirgany gently shut the hood and called wildlife experts to safely remove the woodchuck, also called a groundhog. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of woodchuck

1674, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for woodchuck

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

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6 May 2022

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“Woodchuck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodchuck. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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woodchuck

noun
wood·​chuck | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌchək How to pronounce woodchuck (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodchuck

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

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