Origin: altered by folk etymology from a southern New England Algonquian name: compare uncertain or unknown; perhaps Narragansett ockqutchaun
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Origin: By folk etymology, probably of New England Algonquian origin.Regional Note: The woodchuck goes by several names in the United States. The most famous of these is groundhog, under which name all the legends about the animal's hibernation have accrued. In the Appalachian Mountains the woodchuck is known as a whistle pig. The word woodchuck is probably a folk etymology of a New England Algonquian word—that is, English-speaking settlers “translated” the Indian word into a compound of two words that made sense to them in light of the animal's habitat.