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Groundhog Day Words Vocabulary Fill Puzzle

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1. a small mostly herbivorous mammal characterized by two large upper and lower front teeth and usually having some sort of tail
3. a term used to describe the sky when a continuous cloud or mist blocks out direct sunlight
4. a city in Pennsylvania famous for its groundhog day festivities
7. a state of sleep and inactivity when an animals metabolism slows down to conserve energy in order to survive the winter
11. the seasonal change in weather occurring after winter, characterized by increased warmth and renewed growth of plant life
12. a large, mostly herbivorous rodent that lives in a burrow and hibernates during the winter months
14. a term usually used to describe becoming alert and active after a period of long sleep, such as hibernation
2. the shaded area produced when an object partially blocks light produced by a larger light source
5. a term used to describe anything that lies below the top surface of the soil
6. a hole dug in the ground by rodent type animals for protection and hibernation
8. a warm-blooded animal usually covered with hair or fur, containing vertebrae, and bearing live young
9. to arrive or appear after a predetermined or expected time
10. the attempt to predict what the weather will be like for a specified time in the future
13. a story, usually relayed orally, that is passed down through generations
15. a term used to describe a weather condition in which there are brief moments of direct sunlight because of numerous clouds in the sky

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