Chipmunk

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

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.

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 culture[change | change source]

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).

References[change | change source]

  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 websites[change | change source]

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