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Definition of "woodchuck" []

  • A common burrowing rodent (Marmota monax) of northern and eastern North America, having a short-legged, heavy-set body and grizzled brownish fur. Also called groundhog; also called regionally whistle pig. (noun)
  • A North American marmot, Marmota monax, having coarse reddish-brown fur (noun)

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Use "woodchuck" in a sentence
  • "The name woodchuck comes from the Indian legend of "Wojak, the groundhog" considered by them to be their ancestral grandfather."
  • "Before we get started, allow me to set the record straight: A groundhog is also known as a woodchuck, but it's not a beaver."
  • "The woodchuck is a nuisance to the farmer, covering his field with loads of subsoil from the burrow and then eating the tender sprouts; and the farmer does not know enough to eat his tender corpse, but he is good to eat."