- any of several small, striped, terrestrial squirrels of the genera Tamias, of North America, and Eutamia, of Asia and North America, especially T. striatus, of eastern North America.
Origin of chipmunk
Examples from the Web for chipmunk
From the religious (‘The Holly and the Ivy’) to the secular (‘The Chipmunk Song’), my top 20.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
The British rapper, better known as Chipmunk, posted a melancholy message a few weeks ago to his followers on Twitter.Does Twitter Prevent Suicide?
November 29, 2009
And what a regular old salt, though hardly as big as a chipmunk!Mayflower (Flor de mayo)
Vicente Blasco Ibez
I think a chipmunk is the happiest, cheerfulest thing I know.A Campfire Girl's First Council Fire
Jane L. Stewart
But Mr. Chipmunk didn't envy his big cousins their fine tails; not he!Mother West Wind's Children
Thornton W. Burgess
On the ground he is more helpless than a chipmunk, because less agile.
One of the enemies of the chipmunk, as I discovered lately, is the weasel.
- any burrowing sciurine rodent of the genera Tamias of E North America and Eutamias of W North America and Asia, typically having black-striped yellowish fur and cheek pouches for storing food
Word Origin and History for chipmunk
1829 (also chitmunk, 1832), from Algonquian, probably Ojibwa ajidamoo (in the Ottawa dialect ajidamoonh) "red squirrel," literally "head first," or "one who descends trees headlong" (containing ajid- "upside down"), probably influenced by English chip and mink. Other early names for it included ground squirrel and striped squirrel.