marmot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n marmot stocky coarse-furred burrowing rodent with a short bushy tail found throughout the northern hemisphere; hibernates in winter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • marmot Any one of several species of ground squirrels or gophers of the genus Spermophilus; also, the prairie dog.
    • marmot (Zoöl) Any rodent of the genus Marmotaformerly 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 woodchuckalso called groundhog), but the name marmot is usually used only for the western variety.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n marmot A rodent quadruped of the genus Arctomys; a bear-mouse, ground-hog, or woodchuck. There are several species, of Europe, Asia, and North America: they are the largest living representatives of the Sciuridœ, or squirrel family, of stout thickset form, with short bushy tail. They are terrestrial and fossorial, living in underground burrows, generally in open ground and often in communities, and hibernate in winter. The species to which the name was originally given is Arctomys marmotta or A. alpinus. inhabiting the Alps and Pyrenees. A. bobac is the Asiatic marmot, occurring also in parts of Europe, especially in Russia. North America as at least three species: the common woodchuck or ground-hog, A. monax, found abundantly in many parts of the United States and Canada; the yellow-bellied marmot of the Rocky Mountains, A. flaviventris; and the large hoary marmot or whistler of northwestern America, A. pruinosus. Besides the foregoing, some of the larger species of the related genera Cynomys and Spermophilus, which include the prairie-dogs and marmot-squirrels, are sometimes called marmots. See cut under Arctomys.
    • n marmot The Cape cony, Hyrax capensis: a misnomer. Kolbe, Vosmaer, Buffon, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Marmot mär′mot a rodent animal, about the size of a rabbit, which inhabits the higher parts of the Alps and Pyrenees.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. marmotta, marmotto, prob. fr. L. mus montanus, or mus montis, lit., mountain mouse or rat. See Mountain, and Mouse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. marmotto—Romansch murmont—L. mus montanus, mountain-mouse.

Usage

In literature:

There are several other species of marmot in America.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The prairie dogs or marmots were in tens of thousands round us, and I used to amuse myself by shooting at one in particular with the rifle.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
They are marmots, I have no doubt, but of a different species from the prairie-dog marmots.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
But the men who were gathered round Marmot's verandah noted nothing of these things.
"Colonial Born" by G. Firth Scott
The marmots were now wide-awake and heroic.
"Tartarin On The Alps" by Alphonse Daudet
As to the marmot, horse, ox, and pig, almost all the fruits and seeds were destroyed.
"Seed Dispersal" by William J. Beal
They used the bark as a leadway to a trap which they set near a marmot's hole.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Prairie dogs are a sort of marmot, but their bark is somewhat like that of a small dog.
"History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians" by George Mogridge
We had left even the whistling marmots entirely behind us.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
A whistling marmot pops up from the rocks and pierces the stillness.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
Mr. Shepherd has worked in areas occupied by marmots for years in southwestern Colorado.
"Mammals of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado" by Sydney Anderson
Timea took the glass from his hand and looked again for the marmots on the rocks.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
We saw two marmots, and two rein-deer, which were too wary to allow of our getting within shot of them.
"Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea" by John Franklin
Cyrus Harding and his companions slept like innocent marmots in the cave which the jaguar had so politely left at their disposal.
"Abandoned" by Jules Verne
Thereafter the marmots remained silent until the eagles had left the area.
"Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska" by James W. Bee
Yesterday, for me, the hour of the Prairie Marmot struck.
"Adventures and Enthusiasms" by E. V. Lucas
A pleasant journey to Tungusia; my respects to the marmots!
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
The southern point of Marmot Island is the Cape St. Hermogenes of Behring, a name that has been perpetuated to this day.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
A crane, for example, shot by Fritz, and an animal which they called a marmot, but which to me seemed much more like a badger.
"The Swiss Family Robinson" by Jean Rudolph Wyss
With shrill chirping, all the marmots of this colony dived into their holes and gave the desert over to silence.
"John Ermine of the Yellowstone" by Frederic Remington
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In news:

Later, the images go to Marmot 's technical designers for final details and standardization.
Aubrey Vaughn, designer of Marmot 's Freerider line, has a few ideas.
Marmot designers spend months looking for ideal skiwear colors.
" Marmots are finger posts on the road to achievement".
Marmots are not native to the Lower Mainland and prefer rocky areas with high elevation.
Increasingly, short winters have meant that yellow-bellied marmots ( Marmota flaviventris ) near the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory now emerge 20 days earlier from their seven- to eight-month hibernation than they did in the late '70s.
"Last year, my wife and I went up a number of times," said Elston Hill, who organized the hike and shot several photographs of the marmots , one of the largest rodents in the squirrel family.
"We would get up there by 7 am, and we would always see lots of marmots ," he said.
Sarah Palin signed a bill last year to make every Feb 2 Marmot Day in Alaska.
Wedgwood students lobby to make Olympic marmot the state's official native mammal.
Globe Trekker Ian Wright eats marmot in Mongolia PBS.
If you're game for an Olympic National Park hike of five to 20 miles and eager to go count housecat-sized rodents, the park wants you for its "citizen science" marmot monitoring program.
Outdoor 76 carries name brands such as Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Patagonia, Scarpa, Vasque, Keen, Western Mountaineering, Salomon, MSR and more.
Ethan Passant sprints to his skis ahead of other racers on Saturday at the COSMIC Marmot Grind at Arapahoe Basin.
Marmot MG Social class and coronary heart disease.
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