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February 2, on which according to popular legend the groundhog emerges from its burrow, prompting the prediction of an early spring if it does not see its shadow or six more weeks of winter if it does.
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1. (in the US and Canada) February 2nd, when, according to tradition, the groundhog emerges from hibernation; if it sees its shadow, it returns to its burrow for six weeks as a sunny day indicates a late spring, while a cloudy day would mean an early spring
2. a situation in which events are or appear to be continually repeated
[C20: sense 2 from the 1993 film Groundhog Day, in which the lead character experiences the same day repeatedly]
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February 2, the day on which, according to folklore, the groundhog emerges from hibernation: if it sees its shadow, six more weeks of wintry weather are predicted.
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|Noun||1.||Groundhog Day - if the ground hog emerges and sees his shadow on this day, there will be 6 more weeks of winter|
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day - a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance; "Mother's Day"
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