chipmunk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chipmunk a burrowing ground squirrel of western America and Asia; has cheek pouches and a light and dark stripe running down the body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The four principal characters from the cartoon series "The Chipmunks" are Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and Dave.
    • n Chipmunk (Zoöl) A squirrel-like animal of the genus Tamias, sometimes called the striped squirrel chipping squirrel ground squirrel hackee. The common species of the United States is the Tamias striatus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Contrary to popular belief, opossums, squirrels, chipmunks, and mice do not carry rabies.
    • n chipmunk A name of the hackee or chipping-squirrel of the United States, Tamias striatus, and of other species of the genus Tamias (which see). The common chipmunk is a small striped species, about 6 inches long, with the tail 4 inches; it is reddish-brown in the upper parts, and has two white stripes and four black ones on the sides. It is abundant in eastern North America, and furnishes a connecting link between the arboreal squirrels proper and the ground-squirrels or spermophiles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chipmunk chip′muk a kind of squirrel, common in North America.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Indian name

Usage

In literature:

The seeds of Kinnikinick are scattered by birds, chipmunks, wind, and water.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
He had thought he knew the forest as the chipmunks know it, but here it was in a new and romantic aspect.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
As Little Jack Rabbit and his mother drew near they saw Chippy Chipmunk's face at one of the little round windows.
"Little Jack Rabbit's Adventures" by David Cory
Mebbe ye might see a chipmunk a-bitin' the old cow jest awful!
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Striped Chipmunk hadn't found so much as the leaf of a cabbage.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
And what a regular old salt, though hardly as big as a chipmunk!
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
We halted occasionally to watch a scampering chipmunk or to explain our harmless errand to a scolding squirrel.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
Beyond chipmunks, gophers, and a single jack-rabbit (the latter falling to Bob's gun), nothing was met to tempt powder for some time.
"The Fiery Totem" by Argyll Saxby
His name's Sonny, an' he's the best dawg ever chased a chipmunk.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Chipmunks were shot for food.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
At first she thought it the gleam of a bird or a chipmunk.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
He stopped again to watch a chipmunk who was more sharply watching him.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
One day the great Shiva saw a little gray chipmunk on the seashore.
"Nature Myths and Stories for Little Children" by Flora J. Cooke
Had a chipmunk raised his head, Jimmie would have seen him.
"The Boy Scout and Other Stories for Boys" by Richard Harding Davis
I hear a scratching on a stone, and there sits a chipmunk.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
I recognize the fact that, from his point of view, chipmunks must live, and why should they not have eggs for breakfast?
"Upon The Tree-Tops" by Olive Thorne Miller
For comparisons with all other species of chipmunks from western North America, see the accounts of those species.
"The Baculum in the Chipmunks of Western North America" by John A. White
And I saw the chipmunk's stealthy face, And the rabbit crouched in a grassy place.
"The Garden of Dreams" by Madison J. Cawein
Little is known about the habits of this chipmunk, which normally is shy and wary.
"Geographic Distribution and Taxonomy of the Chipmunks of Wyoming" by John A. White
The three had only gone a little ways when they came to a chipmunk.
"The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Jr." by David Cory
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In poetry:

Betimes, in brambled lanes wherethrough
The chipmunk stripes himself from view,
You pause to lop a creamy spray
Of elder-blossoms by the way.
"A Southern Singer" by James Whitcomb Riley
A chipmunk, or a sudden-whirring quail,
Is startled by my step as on I fare--
A garter-snake across the dusty trail
Glances and--is not there.
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley
The little lizards lie all day
Gray on its rocks of lichen-gray;
And, insect-Ariels of the sun,
The butterflies make bright its way,
Its path where chipmunks run.
"The Old" by Madison Julius Cawein
The cowbells wander through the woods,
'Neath arching boughs a stream slips by,
In all the ferny solitude
A chipmunk and a butterfly
Are all that is--and you and I.
"The Last Tryst" by Richard Le Gallienne
My friends all know that I am shy,
But the chipmunk is twice and shy and I.
He moves with flickering indecision
Like stripes across the television.
He's like the shadow of a cloud,
Or Emily Dickinson read aloud.
"The Chipmunk" by Ogden Nash
O, hits time fur de plantin' ur de co'n,
De chipmunk sot on top ur clod — ("Cheat! cheat!" de rahskil say)
He flirt his tail an' wink an' nod — ("Cheat! cheat!" de rahskil say,)
O, hits time fur de plantin' ur de co'n
"Song Of The Corn" by James Edwin Campbell

In news:

Warner Bros is turning to Tom and Jerry to create its own "Alvin and the Chipmunks"-like family franchise.
'Sherlock,' 'Chipmunks' underperform at B.O.
'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked'.
PHOTO COURTESY OF REBECCA REID An Eastern chipmunk: After the author's parents stopped having outdoor cats, the population of these small mammals in their neighborhood increased dramatically.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the third in the noxiously contemporary series of new Chipmunks films.
El Dorado County environmental health officials are urging residents and visitors to take precautions after a chipmunk found in the Lake Tahoe basin last week tested presumptive positive for the bacteria that causes plague.
A chipmunk (not pictured) found in the Lake Tahoe basin last week tested presumptive positive for the bacteria that causes plague.
Carrie Goes Nutty For Chipmunk.
It looks like chipmunks are neck-in-neck with squirrels when it comes to liking peanuts .
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Warnings are posted for visitors to South Lake Tahoe areas after a convulsing chipmunk was diagnosed with the plague .
The Plaids have returned to earth and can't wait to entertain you with a riotous version of "The Ed Sullivan Show" featuring the "Rockettes", the "Chipmunks" and many more.
Down Dog, Crying Wolf, Laughing Chipmunk or whatever the hell they're called.
Relative of viral video hit "Dramatic Chipmunk".
Indeed, perhaps because of the late frosts and dry weather, it's been a chipmunk kind of fall.
As of late we have had a rash of alive and dead animals brought to our door and even in the house (see my past blog about the runaway chipmunk.
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In science:

With only 11′ of shielding in place, an active system (chipmunks) protects the Linac enclosure against accident conditions and could, in principle, be applied to the experimental hall enclosure.
Radiation shielding calculations for MuCool Test Area at Fermilab
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