moonack

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Unami munhake, from a root meaning "to dig".

Noun[edit]

moonack (plural moonacks)

  1. (US, Maryland, Virginia, possibly dated) A woodchuck.
  2. (US, Maryland, Virginia, possibly dated) A frightful mythical forest creature.
    • 1898, Alice Morse Earle, In old Narragansett: romances and realities, page 74:
      With close-shut eyes she listened to the steps of the devils and moonacks as they gradually went away from the house.