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groundhog

or ground hog

[ground-hog, -hawg]
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noun
  1. woodchuck.

Origin of groundhog

An Americanism dating back to 1650–60; ground1 + hog
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Examples from the Web for groundhog

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Historical Examples

  • Alan would none of it; he was off to his woodchuck or groundhog.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • The groundhog or woodchuck is the best-known example of the group.

    The Meaning of Evolution

    Samuel Christian Schmucker

  • It looked rather like a groundhog and had seven fingers on each of its six limbs.

    The Perfectionists

    Arnold Castle

  • A groundhog sat up on a log and whistled, too, after a manner of his own.

  • "There's your man and there's your boys," said Groundhog, pointing to them.


British Dictionary definitions for groundhog

groundhog

noun
  1. another name for woodchuck
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for groundhog

n.

1784, from ground (n.) + hog (n.). Also known colloquially as a whistlepig, and cf. aardvark. Ground Hog Day first recorded 1871, American English.

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