wood·​chuck | \ˈwu̇d-ˌchək \

Definition of woodchuck 

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

called also groundhog

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This is not the first time woodchucks have been caught taking American flags. Joel Langstein, Fox News, "Woodchucks stole veterans' flags from Massachusetts cemetery, cops say," 19 June 2018 There are all kinds of parables about nature fighting back against evil, but nothing has ever been so explicit as House Speaker Paul Ryan’s recent saga with woodchucks (alias groundhog). Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "House Speaker Paul Ryan Says Woodchucks Destroyed His Car," 13 July 2018 There’s a chicken coop that’s been invaded by woodchucks; my mother plays the country game of hide-and-seek armed with animal poison and Havahart traps. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Ryan said a family of woodchucks feasted on the Suburban while it was stored at his mother's home in Wisconsin, the Times reported. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Reports: Woodchucks feast on House Speaker Paul Ryan's SUV wiring," 12 July 2018 In 2012, woodchucks were suspected of stealing up to 75 flags from Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson, New York. Joel Langstein, Fox News, "Woodchucks stole veterans' flags from Massachusetts cemetery, cops say," 19 June 2018 Troubleshooting Problems The biggest threats to carrots are four-footed critters such as deer, gophers, woodchucks, and rabbits. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know To Grow Beautiful Carrots," 30 Aug. 2017 The animals feed on mice, voles, rabbits, and woodchucks, so Pennypack Park could be a good feeding ground. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Mayfair coyote cornered by Philadelphia police and released in Pennypack Park," 25 Apr. 2018 Others include a Canada goose with severe leg injuries from fishing line, a woodchuck with a large lesion on its hindquarters and an opossum with a frostbitten tail. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Clover, the adorable fox kit found abandoned last week, is improving at Humane Society," 22 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of woodchuck

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


wood·​chuck | \ˈwu̇d-ˌchək \

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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a knickknack or trinket

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