Woodchuck meaning

wo͝odchŭk
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A large burrowing rodent (Marmota monax) of northern and eastern North America, having a short-legged, heavyset body and grizzled brownish fur.
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Any of several marmots of North America; esp., the common hibernating groundhog (Marmota monax) with coarse, red-brown fur.
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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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Origin of woodchuck

  • By folk etymology, probably of New England Algonquian origin

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

  • From Cree ocêk, otchek (“fisher") or Ojibwe ojiig (“fisher, marten"), subsequently reapplied to the groundhog.

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary