Groundhog Day Words What is the Definition Worksheet Answer Key

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

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