woodchuck

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Cree ocêk, otchek ‎(fisher), borrowing from Ojibwe ojiig ‎(fisher, marten), or a similar term in a related Algonquian language, subsequently reapplied to the groundhog.

An earlier form of this word, "woodshock", still sometimes designated the marten.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈwʊd.tʃʌk/
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Noun[edit]

woodchuck ‎(plural woodchucks)

  1. A rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots, Marmota monax.
    How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? — popular tongue-twister.

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