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or ground hog

[ground-hog, -hawg] /ˈgraʊndˌhɒg, -hɔg/
Origin of groundhog
An Americanism dating back to 1650-60; ground1 + hog Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • "There's your man and there's your boys," said groundhog, pointing to them.

British Dictionary definitions for groundhog


another name for woodchuck
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for groundhog

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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