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- noun heavy-bodied yellowish-brown marmot of rocky areas of western North America
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(Also called a "rockchuck", if it happens to be found on a rock, like this one.)
grouse Diary Entry grouse 2002
The rockchuck, or yellow-bellied marmot, found from California, Texas, and New Mexico to British Columbia and southwestern Alberta, is another close woodchuck relative.
We stopped once to watch a big fat rockchuck grubbing around a bunch of wineberry bushes.