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woodchuck

[ wood-chuhk ]
/ ˈwʊdˌtʃʌk /
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noun
a stocky North American burrowing rodent, Marmota monax, that hibernates in the winter.
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Also called chuck, groundhog .

Origin of woodchuck

First recorded in 1665–75, Americanism; presumably a reshaping by folk etymology of a word in a Southern New England Algonquian language; compare Narragansett (English spelling) ockqutchaun “woodchuck”
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British Dictionary definitions for woodchuck

woodchuck
/ (ˈwʊdˌtʃʌk) /

noun
a North American marmot, Marmota monax, having coarse reddish-brown furAlso called: groundhog

Word Origin for woodchuck

C17: by folk etymology from Cree otcheck fisher, marten
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