noundialect, rare US
The woodchuck, Marmota monax.
Among African Americans the name was applied to a mythical animal believed to have a baneful influence.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in George Alsop (b. 1638). From a cognate in a Nanticoke–Conoy language of Munsee mo:náhke:w, lit. ‘earth-digger’.