from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Scientific name: Marmota monax.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The yaffle, or green woodpecker.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The commonest North American species of marmot, Arctomys monax, a large rodent quadruped of the family Sciuridæ.
- n. The green woodpecker, Gecinus viridis. See cut under popinjay.
- n. In a lathe, a chuck adapted for holding a piece of wood to be operated on.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. reddish brown North American marmot
By folk etymology, probably of New England Algonquian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Cree ocêk, otchek ("fisher") or Ojibwe ojiig ("fisher, marten"), subsequently reapplied to the groundhog. (Wiktionary)