[ woo d-chuhk ]
/ ˈwʊdˌtʃʌk /


a stocky North American burrowing rodent, Marmota monax, that hibernates in the winter.

Origin of woodchuck

1665–75, Americanism; presumably a reshaping by folk etymology of a word in a Southern New England Algonquian language; compare Narragansett (E spelling) ockqutchaun woodchuck
Also called chuck, groundhog.
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/ (ˈwʊdˌtʃʌk) /


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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