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marmot

[mahr-muh t] /ˈmɑr mət/
noun
1.
any bushy-tailed, stocky rodent of the genus Marmota, as the woodchuck.
2.
any of certain related animals, as the prairie dogs.
Origin of marmot
1600-1610
1600-10; < French marmotte, Old French, apparently noun derivative of marmotter to mutter, murmur (referring to the whistling noises made by such animals), equivalent to marm- imitative base denoting a variety of indistinct, continuous sounds (cf. murmur) + -ot(t)er suffix of expressive verbs (though v. is attested only in modern F)
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Examples from the Web for marmot
Historical Examples
  • The marmot in a few minutes ran out of his hole to a neighbor's doorway.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • He belongs to the marmot branch, but he is a Squirrel just the same.

  • Those are to help him dig, for all the marmot family are great diggers.

  • A marmot, perhaps,” said Melchior; “there are many of the little things about here.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
  • Then they took the marmot out of the trap and carried it to the cave.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • The marmot coming out of his hole smelled the bait on the string.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • And the weight of the marmot, pulling downward, drew the slipknot tight.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • I will carry you about with me, as I would a marmot of rare training.

    Love and Intrigue Friedrich Schiller
  • And as for “marmot”—that began to have quite a fine sound in his ears.

    The Tale of Billy Woodchuck Arthur Scott Bailey
  • The verbose marmot, wordless; the listless Slaughter, dominant.

    Colonial Born G. Firth Scott
British Dictionary definitions for marmot

marmot

/ˈmɑːmət/
noun
1.
any burrowing sciurine rodent of the genus Marmota, of Europe, Asia, and North America. They are heavily built, having short legs, a short furry tail, and coarse fur
2.
prairie marmot, another name for prairie dog
Word Origin
C17: from French marmotte, perhaps ultimately from Latin mūr- (stem ofmūs) mouse + montis of the mountain
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Word Origin and History for marmot
n.

Alpine rodent, c.1600, from French marmotte, from Romansch (Swiss) murmont (assimilated to Old French marmote "monkey"), from Latin murem montis "mountain mouse."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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