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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for marmots

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 marmots

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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