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ground·hog

also ground hog  (ground′hôg′, -hŏg′)
n.

groundhog

(ˈɡraʊndˌhɒɡ)
n
(Animals) another name for woodchuck

wood•chuck

(ˈwʊdˌtʃʌk)

n.
a stocky North American burrowing rodent, Marmota monax, that hibernates in the winter. Also called groundhog.
[1665–75, Amer.; presumably a reshaping by folk etym. of a word in a Southern New England Algonquian language]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.groundhog - reddish brown North American marmotgroundhog - reddish brown North American marmot
marmot - stocky coarse-furred burrowing rodent with a short bushy tail found throughout the northern hemisphere; hibernates in winter
Translations

groundhog

[ˈgraʊndhɒg] N (US) → marmota f de América
GROUNDHOG DAY
Groundhog Day, que literalmente significa el día de la marmota, es una simpática tradición estadounidense, según la cual se puede predecir la duración del invierno por la observación del comportamiento de este animal. La marmota, en inglés groundhog, también conocida como ground squirrel o woodchuck, supuestamente despierta de su hibernación y abandona su madriguera el 2 de febrero (Groundhog Day). Si hace sol y la marmota ve su propia sombra, el animal se asusta y vuelve a su madriguera para seguir hibernando durante otras seis semanas, lo cual indica que habrá seis semanas más de invierno. El acontecimiento tiene tal importancia que es televisado a todo el país desde la madriguera más famosa de Punxsutawney, en Pensilvania.

groundhog

[ˈgraʊndhɒg] n (= woodchuck) → marmotte f commune
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