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Its name probably derives from the Ojibwa atchitamon, which means "one who descends from trees headlong." What mammal is it?




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Answer: the chipmunk

Chipmunks are a type of squirrel. They are also called chitmunks, chipmucks, chipping squirrels, hackees, and striped squirrels.

Note: If you say the Ojibwa word at-chit-a-mon quickly 10 times, you'll experience the elation of accelerated word formation.

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It's not clear at first glance if the "i" is long or short, so the repetition may not be useful for everyone. It might help if you spelled it "at-chitt-a-mon." Interesting etymology, though I don't know of many instances of t>p mutations.
greg felton, Vancouver
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I don't think it's really t>p. It's much more likely a mutation in response to the m that already exists. so something more like tm>pm (because both t and p are voiceless stops).
Diane, Chengdu
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Yay, I got one!!! My first guess was Cheetah, but it seemed unlikely that an African cat would carry an Ojibwa name, so my second guess was Chipmunk!
Greg Scott, Waterloo
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