Chipmunk

genus of mammals

A chipmunk is a small squirrel-like rodent. It is in the Sciuridae family. About twenty-three species fall under this title, with one species in North America.

Chipmunks
Temporal range: Early Miocene to Recent
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Tamias rufus
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Tamias
A chipmunk

The name may have originally been spelled "chitmunk" (perhaps from a Native American word meaning "red squirrel").[1] However, the earliest form comes from the Oxford English Dictionary (in 1842) as "chipmonk". Other early forms include "chipmuck" and "chipminck".

Chipmunks are hoarders, meaning they store food for winter.[2]

Popular cultureEdit

Chip 'n Dale, two Disney cartoon characters, are famous chipmunks in pop culture. Another such trio is Alvin, Simon and Theodore (created by Ross Bagdasarian).

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Online Etymology Dictionary". Etymonline.com. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  2. Kays, R. W.; Wilson, Don E. (2009). Mammals of North America (2nd ed.). Princeton University Press. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-691-14092-6.

Other websitesEdit

  •   Media related to Tamias at Wikimedia Commons
  •   Data related to Tamias at Wikispecies