chipmunk

[ chip-muhngk ]
/ ˈtʃɪp mʌŋk /

noun

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.

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Origin of chipmunk

1825–35, Americanism; assimilated variant of earlier chitmunk, apparently <Ojibwa ačitamo·nʔ red squirrel, equivalent to ačit- headfirst, face-down + derivational elements; so called from the squirrel's manner of descending trees
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British Dictionary definitions for chipmunk

chipmunk
/ (ˈtʃɪpˌmʌŋk) /

noun

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 for chipmunk

C19: of Algonquian origin; compare Ojibwa atchitamon squirrel, literally: headfirst, referring to its method of descent from trees
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