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woodchuck

[woo d-chuhk] /ˈwʊdˌtʃʌk/
noun
1.
a stocky North American burrowing rodent, Marmota monax, that hibernates in the winter.
Also called chuck, groundhog.
Origin of woodchuck
1665-1675
1665-75, Americanism; presumably a reshaping by folk etymology of a word in a Southern New England Algonquian language; compare Narragansett (E spelling) ockqutchaun woodchuck
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Examples from the Web for woodchuck
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  • He could hardly have expected Mrs. woodchuck to come out and invite him to enter her house.

    The Tale of Old Dog Spot Arthur Scott Bailey
  • But I made a noise, so the woodchuck did not come out again.

  • The woodchuck of North America retains his coat of dark-brown fur throughout the long, cold winters.

  • The groundhog or woodchuck is the best-known example of the group.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • And Mrs. woodchuck led the way to an old empty house, where her grandmother had once lived.

    The Tale of Billy Woodchuck Arthur Scott Bailey
  • To me the daisy, the mountain stream, the woodchuck 82 and my Art!

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • "He don't mind me no more'n a woodchuck would," said Abner—then his eyes fell on Quincy, who rose to greet him.

  • And as soon as they had passed on Mrs. woodchuck remarked what a busybody he was.

    The Tale of the The Muley Cow Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Now and then he may pick up a bird or a rabbit or a woodchuck, but his main dependence is these animals here in the mountains.

    Jack the Young Explorer George Bird Grinnell
  • He had never seen a woodchuck, but there was a picture of one in his animal-book.

    The Doers William John Hopkins
British Dictionary definitions for woodchuck

woodchuck

/ˈwʊdˌtʃʌk/
noun
1.
a North American marmot, Marmota monax, having coarse reddish-brown fur Also called groundhog
Word Origin
C17: by folk etymology from Cree otcheck fisher, marten
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Word Origin and History for woodchuck
n.

1670s, alteration (influenced by wood (n.)) of Cree (Algonquian) otchek or Ojibwa otchig, "marten," the name subsequently transferred to the groundhog.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for woodchuck

wood 1

noun

A white person; peckerwood, redneck: just because they find some cum in that wood's ass

[1970s+ Black; fr a shortening of peckerwood]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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