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marmot (n.)

c. 1600, of a type of large rodent found in the Alps and Pyrenees, from French marmotte, from Romansch (Swiss) murmont (assimilated to Old French marmote "monkey"), from Latin murem montis "mountain mouse." Applied 18c. to similar animals found in Asia and North America.

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Definitions of marmot from WordNet

marmot (n.)
stocky coarse-furred burrowing rodent with a short bushy tail found throughout the northern hemisphere; hibernates in winter;
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