from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various stocky, coarse-furred, burrowing rodents of the genus Marmota, having short legs and ears and short bushy tails and found throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several large ground-dwelling rodents of the genera Marmota and Cynomys in the squirrel family.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any rodent of the genus Marmota (formerly Arctomys) of the subfamily Sciurinae. The common European marmot (Marmota marmotta) is about the size of a rabbit, and inhabits the higher regions of the Alps and Pyrenees. The bobac is another European species. The common American species (Marmota monax) is the woodchuck (also called groundhog), but the name marmot is usually used only for the western variety.
- n. Any one of several species of ground squirrels or gophers of the genus Spermophilus; also, the prairie dog.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rodent quadruped of the genus Arctomys; a bear-mouse, ground-hog, or woodchuck.
- n. The Cape cony, Hyrax capensis: a misnomer. Kolbe, Vosmaer, Buffon, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. stocky coarse-furred burrowing rodent with a short bushy tail found throughout the northern hemisphere; hibernates in winter
French marmotte, from Old French, perhaps from marmotter, to mumble, probably of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French marmote, from Old French marmotaine, marmontaine, murmontain, from Old Franco-Provençal marmotan, Vulgar Latin mures montani, from Latin mus monti 'mountain rat', from Classical Latin mus alpini; akin to Romansch (Engadine) murmont, Old High German muremunto, German dialectal Murmentel, standard Murmeltier. (Wiktionary)