groundhog vs woodchuck what difference

what is difference between groundhog and woodchuck

English

Alternative forms

  • ground-hog
  • ground hog

Etymology

ground +‎ hog

Noun

groundhog (plural groundhogs)

  1. A red-brown marmot, Marmota monax, native to North America.
    Synonyms: whistle-pig, woodchuck
  2. (rare) The aardvark.

Derived terms

  • Groundhog Day, Groundhog’s Day
  • groundhogese
  • Groundhog Lodge

Translations

Further reading

  • groundhog on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


English

Etymology

Borrowed from Cree ocêk, otchek (fisher), borrowed from Ojibwe ojiig (fisher, marten), or a similar term in a related Algonquian language, subsequently reapplied to the groundhog.

An earlier form of this word, woodshock, still sometimes designated the marten.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈwʊd.tʃʌk/

Noun

woodchuck (plural woodchucks)

  1. A rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots, Marmota monax.
    Synonyms: groundhog, whistle pig, land-beaver, moonack

Translations

Further reading

  • woodchuck on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

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