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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chip"munk`
A squirrel-like animal of the genus Tamias, sometimes called the striped squirrel chipping squirrel ground squirrel hackee. The common species of the United States is the Tamias striatus.

Etymology: Indian name

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  1. A burrowing ground squirrel of western America and Asia; has cheek pouches and a light and dark stripe running down the body

1832; alteration (influenced by chipping squirrel) of earlier chitmunk, from older Ojibwe ačitamo˙nˀ (“squirrels”) (modern ajidamóóg), literally ‘those who descend headlong’, from ačit- (“headfirst, face-down”) (compare modern ajijibizo (“he falls headfirst”), ajidagoojin (“he hangs upside down”)). The verb developed due to the high-pitched voices of the American cartoon chipmunks in the group Alvin and the Chipmunks, who later starred in a popular children's TV show in the 1980s.

  1. A squirrel-like rodent of the genus Tamias, native mainly to North America.

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Past life for Chipmunk born Feb 11, 1929

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Ontario approximately on 1675. Your profession was dramatist, director, musician, and bard.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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