Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Groundhog (makakojiishi)

The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as the woodchuck, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.[2] The groundhog is a lowland creature of North America; it is found through much of the Eastern United States, across Canada and into Alaska.[3] It was first scientifically described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758.[4]

Groundhogs stand on their hind legs to watch for predators.
Groundhogs stand on their hind legs to watch for predators.

The groundhog is also referred to as a chuckwood-shockgroundpigwhistlepig,[5][6] whistlerthickwood badgerCanada marmotmonaxmoonackweenuskred monk,[6] land beaver,[7] and, among French Canadians in eastern Canadasiffleux.[8] The name “thickwood badger” was given in the Northwest to distinguish the animal from the prairie badger. Monax (Móonack) is an Algonquian name of the woodchuck, which means “digger” (cf. Lenape monachgeu).[9][10] Young groundhogs may be called chucklings.[11]: 66 


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Mitakamig onji-zaagikweni akakojiishi.
A groundhog stuck his head up through (a hole in) the ground.

Bagoneyaanike akakojiishi waa’-onji-biindiged endaad.
The woodchuck digs a hole in the ground so he enter his home.