groundhog

or ground hog

[ ground-hog, -hawg ]
/ ˈgraʊndˌhɒg, -hɔg /
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noun

Origin of groundhog

An Americanism dating back to 1650–60; ground1 + hog
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British Dictionary definitions for groundhog

groundhog

/ (ˈɡraʊndˌhɒɡ) /

noun

another name for woodchuck
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Word Origin and History for groundhog

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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