Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Salut, marmotte = Hello, marmot (a marmot is a furry rodent thathibernates) le début de l'après-midi = beginning of the afternoon

    Cafés

  • A crane, for example, shot by Fritz, and an animal which they called a marmot, but which to me seemed much more like a badger.

    Swiss Family Robinson

  • Whatever the origin of "marmot" - is it really possible that the Hebrew word marmuta, which means groundhog - a type of marmot - isn't related to the word marmot or marmotte?

    Balashon - Hebrew Language Detective

  • The Vancouver Island marmot is a uniquely Canadian species, found only on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

    Adopt-a-Marmot

  • The name marmot comes from French marmotte, from Old French marmotan, marmontaine, from Old Franco-Provençal, from Low Latin mures montani "mountain mouse", from Latin mures monti, from Classical Latin mures alpini "Alps mouse".

    Balashon - Hebrew Language Detective

  • And as for "marmot" -- that began to have quite a fine sound in his ears.

    The Tale of Billy Woodchuck

  • Salut, marmotte = Hello, marmot a marmot is a furry rodent thathibernates

    Bon Appétit!

  • Rather, Mukmuk the marmot is the first Olympic mascot sidekick.

    mental_floss Blog

  • He added that the marmot has been a success story in recent years with a co-ordinated approach to allow its numbers to reach the hundreds after dwindling to only a few dozen animals in the 1990s.

    canada.com Top Stories

  • A big rodent called a marmot wandered in the front door of a restaurant in Prosser on Monday and settled into a corner.

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