Definition of marmot in English:

marmot

noun

  • A heavily built, gregarious burrowing rodent of mountainous country in both Eurasia and North America.

    Genus Marmota, family Sciuridae: several species

    • ‘The Rodentia also includes beavers, muskrats, porcupines, woodchucks, chipmunks, squirrels, prairie dogs, marmots, chinchillas, voles, lemmings, and many others.’
    • ‘Some of these destructive species include beavers, muskrats, elk, deer, voles, marmots, prairie dogs and geese.’
    • ‘Stop along this byway to hike across broad plateaus and to admire Rocky Mountain goats, moose, black bears, grizzly bears, marmots, and mule deer.’
    • ‘Trails starting right outside the door head up to high ridges with views stretching dozens of miles - sightings of mountain goats and marmots are common.’
    • ‘The alpine marmot is a large ground-dwelling squirrel living in mountain open meadows, preferentially exposed to south.’

Origin

Early 17th century from French marmotte, probably via Romansh murmont from late Latin mus montanus ‘mountain mouse’.

Pronunciation

marmot

/ˈmɑːmət/