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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.
[French marmotte, from Old French, perhaps from marmotter, to mumble, probably of imitative origin.]
1. (Animals) any burrowing sciurine rodent of the genus Marmota, of Europe, Asia, and North America. They are heavily built, having short legs, a short furry tail, and coarse fur
2. (Animals) prairie marmot another name for prairie dog
[C17: from French marmotte, perhaps ultimately from Latin mūr- (stem of mūs) mouse + montis of the mountain]
any stocky burrowing rodent of the genus Marmota, as the woodchuck.
[1600–10; < French marmotte, Old French, appar. n. derivative of marmotter to mutter, murmur]
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|Noun||1.||marmot - stocky coarse-furred burrowing rodent with a short bushy tail found throughout the northern hemisphere; hibernates in winter|
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing