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marmot

[mahr-muh t] /ˈmɑr mət/
noun
1.
any bushy-tailed, stocky rodent of the genus Marmota, as the woodchuck.
2.
any of certain related animals, as the prairie dogs.
Origin of marmot
1600-1610
1600-10; < French marmotte, Old French, apparently noun derivative of marmotter to mutter, murmur (referring to the whistling noises made by such animals), equivalent to marm- imitative base denoting a variety of indistinct, continuous sounds (cf. murmur) + -ot(t)er suffix of expressive verbs (though v. is attested only in modern F)
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  • They describe it as sitting on its hind-legs, and whistling, so that Wilfrid thinks it must be a marmot.

  • He belongs to the marmot branch, but he is a Squirrel just the same.

  • Then Raven stood by the door watching, until marmot came home, bringing food.

  • The marmot coming out of his hole smelled the bait on the string.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • The common European marmot is infested by T. pectinata, so abundant in hares and rabbits.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • And as for “marmot”—that began to have quite a fine sound in his ears.

    The Tale of Billy Woodchuck Arthur Scott Bailey
  • It is described as sitting on its legs and whistling, and from the description I judged it to be a marmot or a coney (hierax).

  • But generally the township went to marmot's rather than to the Rest—generally.

    Colonial Born G. Firth Scott
  • Then they took the marmot out of the trap and carried it to the cave.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • "Well, I'm no bush lawyer," marmot replied, with a glance round the gathering.

    Colonial Born G. Firth Scott
British Dictionary definitions for marmot

marmot

/ˈmɑːmət/
noun
1.
any burrowing sciurine rodent of the genus Marmota, of Europe, Asia, and North America. They are heavily built, having short legs, a short furry tail, and coarse fur
2.
prairie marmot, another name for prairie dog
Word Origin
C17: from French marmotte, perhaps ultimately from Latin mūr- (stem ofmūs) mouse + montis of the mountain
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Word Origin and History for marmot
n.

Alpine rodent, c.1600, from French marmotte, from Romansch (Swiss) murmont (assimilated to Old French marmote "monkey"), from Latin murem montis "mountain mouse."

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