- any bushy-tailed, stocky rodent of the genus Marmota, as the woodchuck.
- any of certain related animals, as the prairie dogs.
Origin of marmot
Examples from the Web for marmot
Historical Examples of marmot
The marmot in a few minutes ran out of his hole to a neighbor's doorway.Beasts, Men and Gods
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
- 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
- prairie marmot another name for prairie dog
Word Origin for marmot
Alpine rodent, c.1600, from French marmotte, from Romansch (Swiss) murmont (assimilated to Old French marmote "monkey"), from Latin murem montis "mountain mouse."