Definition of marmot in English:

marmot

noun

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

    • ‘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 Rodentia also includes beavers, muskrats, porcupines, woodchucks, chipmunks, squirrels, prairie dogs, marmots, chinchillas, voles, lemmings, and many others.’
    • ‘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; compare with French marmotter mutter through the teeth.

Pronunciation:

marmot

/ˈmärmət/