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
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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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