by Richardsugden April. 06, 2011 2027 views

Chipmunks are small striped squirrels native to North America and Asia.

The common name originally may have been spelled “chitmunk” (from the Odawa word jidmoonh, meaning “red squirrel”). However, the earliest form cited in the Oxford English Dictionary (from 1842) is “chipmonk”. Other early forms include “chipmuck” and “chipminck”, and in the 1830s they were also referred to as “chip squirrels,” possibly in reference to the sound they make. They are also called “striped squirrels”, “chippers”, “munks”, “timber tigers”, or “ground squirrels”.

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