chipmunk 1829 (also chitmunk, 1832), from Algonquian, probably Ojibwa ajidamoo (in the Ottawa dialect ajidamoonh) "red squirrel," lit. "one who descends trees headlong" (containing ajid- "upside down"), probably influenced by English CHIP (Cf. chip) and MINK (Cf. mink). Other early names for it included ground squirrel and striped squirrel.

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