woodchuck

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n woodchuck reddish brown North American marmot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A woodchuck breathes 2,100 times an hour, but it only breathes ten times an hour while it is hibernating.
    • Woodchuck (Zoöl) A common large North American marmot (Arctomys monax). It is usually reddish brown, more or less grizzled with gray. It makes extensive burrows, and is often injurious to growing crops. Called also ground hog.
    • Woodchuck (Zoöl) The yaffle, or green woodpecker.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n woodchuck The commonest North American species of marmot, Arctomys monax, a large rodent quadruped of the family Sciuridæ. It is from 15 to 18 inches long, of very stout, heavy form, with brownish and grayish tints above, and reddish-brown below. It feeds on vegetables of many kinds, burrows in the ground, and hibernates in winter. Also called ground-hog and chuck. See cut under Arctomys.
    • n woodchuck The green woodpecker, Gecinus viridis. See cut under popinjay.
    • n woodchuck In a lathe, a chuck adapted for holding a piece of wood to be operated on.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Woodchuck the green woodpecker
    • n Woodchuck wood′chuk the marmot.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. from an Amer. Ind. name.

Usage

In literature:

Little Purr was caught in a trap, set for a woodchuck, and so hurt she had to be gently chloroformed out of life.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5" by Louisa M. Alcott
It is as if boys hunted woodchucks with dynamite.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
Evidently the Blodgetts kept the animal for its bark, for it did not have the pluck of a woodchuck!
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
She lives down to Woodchuck Neck and the highest thing down there is a barrel of cod-livers.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The first act will be the story of the woodchuck.
"History Plays for the Grammar Grades" by Mary Ella Lyng
They had business elsewhere in the shape of woodchuck traps.
"Harper's Young People, March 23, 1880" by Various
The young woodchucks were of several sizes and kinds.
"Twinkle and Chubbins" by L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
I'm healthy as a woodchuck.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
The woodchuck, having eaten his carrot, curled up in the sun and went to sleep.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
In mammals the size of woodchuck or raccoon, split toes on under side.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
Into this ring of fire a hunted man had burst, just as she had seen a rabbit and a belated woodchuck bursting.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
Frogs sing, and mice, monkeys, and woodchucks.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [June, 1897]" by Various
After that the old dog chased Mr. Woodchuck, then his wife, and next their son Billy Woodchuck.
"The Tale of Old Dog Spot" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The Boy gave chase across the fields, only to arrive, out of breath, at the entrance to a burrow down which the woodchuck had tumbled.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
No one to look casually at the woodchuck would think he was hard to get, but he is.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
Another was digging away at a hole that they alleged contained a woodchuck.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
That's a good way to do with a bee-tree or a woodchuck hole.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
Killed another woodchuck this morning; begin to feel as if we are getting into a land of plenty again.
"Journal of a Trip to California by the Overland Route Across the Plains in 1850-51" by E. S. (Eleazer Stillman) Ingalls
Mr. Presby's ancestors must have been regular woodchucks.
"The Automobile Girls at Chicago" by Laura Dent Crane
One woodchuck would outweigh a hundred chipmunks, and yet he is by no means a dull animal.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
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In news:

The Wisconsin Woodchucks have put together what I'm told is a very good roster.
Woodchuck Hard Cider bought by Irish company.
305M deal for Woodchuck Hard Cider .
Woodduck & Woodchuck Click to enlarge.
Woodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin Cider.
Davis will miss the remainder of the Woodchucks season after being involved in an auto accident on Thursday.
Woodchuck Private Reserve Barrel Select cider.
Shy creatures, these woodchucks .
Since woodchucks are vegetarians, he reasons, why would one enter a trap when vegetation is everywhere.
I always see this woodchuck on the ground.
Woodchuck resting in tree Click to enlarge.
Mayor Bill Hallenbeck tells the Register-Star that police used cameras and confirmed that the flags were in the woodchucks ' burrows.
He said some flags were coated with a substance that attracts woodchucks .
Woodchuck Greeting Click to enlarge.
This woodchuck stops by with a hello to me.
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