marmot mar"mot (m[aum]r"m[o^]t; 277), n. [It. marmotta, marmotto, prob. fr. L. mus montanus, or mus montis, lit., mountain mouse or rat. See {Mountain}, and {Mouse}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any rodent of the genus {Marmota} (formerly {Arctomys}) of the subfamily Sciurinae. The common European marmot ({Marmota marmotta}) is about the size of a rabbit, and inhabits the higher regions of the Alps and Pyrenees. The {bobac} is another European species. The common American species ({Marmota monax}) is the {woodchuck} (also called {groundhog}), but the name marmot is usually used only for the western variety. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. Any one of several species of ground squirrels or gophers of the genus {Spermophilus}; also, the prairie dog. [1913 Webster]

{Marmot squirrel} (Zo["o]l.), a ground squirrel or spermophile.

{Prairie marmot}. See {Prairie dog}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • groundhog — ground hog , ground hog ground hog (ground h[o^]g ), n. A reddish brown North American burrowing marmot ({Marmota monax}), also called the {woodchuck}. It hibernates in the winter. Syn: woodchuck, {Marmota monax}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • groundhog — 1784, from GROUND (Cf. ground) (n.) + HOG (Cf. hog). Also known colloquially as a whistlepig, and Cf. AARDVARK (Cf. aardvark). Ground Hog Day first recorded 1871, Amer.Eng …   Etymology dictionary

  • groundhog — ☆ groundhog [ground′hôg΄ ] n. [prob. transl. of Afrik aardvark, AARDVARK] WOODCHUCK: also ground hog …   English World dictionary

  • Groundhog — For other uses, see groundhog (disambiguation) and woodchuck (disambiguation). Groundhog Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • groundhog — I. /ˈgraʊndhɒg/ (say growndhog) noun → woodchuck. II. /ˈgraʊndhɒg/ (say growndhog) adjective of or relating to a situation in which an occurrence, feeling, etc., is or seems to be continually repeated or to be the same as experienced previously:… …   Australian English dictionary

  • groundhog — UK [ˈɡraʊndˌhɒɡ] / US [ˈɡraʊndˌhɔɡ] noun [countable] Word forms groundhog : singular groundhog plural groundhogs a small furry animal with short legs that is found in North America and lives in holes in the ground …   English dictionary

  • groundhog — [[t]gra͟ʊndhɒg, AM hɔːg[/t]] groundhogs N COUNT A groundhog is a type of small animal with reddish brown fur that is found in North America. Syn: woodchuck …   English dictionary

  • groundhog — miškinis švilpikas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Marmota monax angl. ground hog; groundhog; woodchuck vok. Wald Murmeltier rus. лесной сурок pranc. marmotte commune; monax ryšiai: platesnis terminas …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • groundhog — noun Date: 1742 woodchuck …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • groundhog — /grownd hog , hawg/, n. woodchuck. Also, ground hog. [1650 60, Amer.; GROUND1 + HOG] * * * …   Universalium

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