Marmot definition

märmət
Frequency:
Any of various stocky, coarse-furred, burrowing rodents of the genus Marmota, having short legs and ears and short bushy tails and found throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
noun
1
0
Any of a genus (Marmota) of thick-bodied, gnawing, burrowing squirrels with coarse fur and a short, bushy tail, as the woodchuck.
noun
0
0
Any of several large ground-dwelling rodents of the genera Marmota and Cynomys in the squirrel family.
noun
0
0
Advertisement

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
marmot
Plural:
marmots

Origin of marmot

  • French marmotte from Old French perhaps from marmotter to mumble probably of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French marmote, from Old French marmotaine, marmontaine, murmontain, from Old Franco-Provençal marmotan, Vulgar Latin mures montani, from Latin mus monti 'mountain rat', from Classical Latin mus alpini; akin to Romansch (Engadine) murmont, Old High German muremunto, German dialectal Murmentel, standard Murmeltier.

    From Wiktionary