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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The problem is that eagles and other scavengers eat the guts of deer or the carcasses of coyotes, woodchucks and other game shot by hunters.
Assembly Bill 323 would allow the hunting and trapping of woodchucks, also known as groundhogs.
With apologies to woodchucks everywhere: How many San Diego summer concerts can a concertgoer go to if a San Diego concertgoer can go to an unlimited number of summer concerts?
There are eggs in a nest, frogs, a tadpole, deer and lambs and a whole woodchuck family.
A deer, rabbit, wolf, rabbit and woodchuck also get a turn.
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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: 1674See Words from the same year
WOODCHUCK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of woodchuck for English Language Learners
: a small, furry North American animal that lives in the ground
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