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Webster 1913 Edition


moose

moose

(moōs)
,
Noun.
[A native name; Knisteneaux
mouswah
; Algonquin
monse
.
Mackenzie
.]
1.
(Zool.)
A large cervine mammal (
Alces alces
syn.
Alces machlis
, syn
Alces Americanus
), native of the Northern United States and Canada. The adult male is about as large as a horse, and has very large, palmate antlers. It closely resembles the European elk, and by many Zoologists is considered the same species. See
Elk
.
Moose bird
(Zool.)
,
the Canada jayor whisky jack. See
Whisky jack
.
Moose deer
.
Same as
Moose
.
Moose yard
(Zool.)
,
a locality where moose, in winter, herd together in a forest to feed and for mutual protection.

Webster 1828 Edition


Moose

MOOSE

,
Noun.
moos. [a native Indian name.]
An animal of the genus Cervus, and the largest of the deer kind, growing sometimes to the highth of 17 hands, and weighing 1200 pounds. This animal has palmated horns,with a short thick neck, and an upright mane of a light brown color. The eyes are small, the ears a foot long, very broad and slouching; the upper lip is square,hangs over the lower one, and has a deep sulcus in the middle so as to appear bifid. This animal inhabits cold northern climates, being found in the American forests of Canada and New England, and in the corresponding latitudes of Europe and Asia. It is the elk of Europe.

Definition 2021


Moose

Moose

See also: moose

German

Noun

Moose n

  1. plural of Moos

moose

moose

See also: Moose

English

moose

Pronunciation

  • enPR: mo͞os, IPA(key): /muːs/
  • Rhymes: -uːs
  • Homophone: mousse

Noun

moose (plural moose or (dated) mooses or (uncommon, humorous) meese)

  1. (US) The largest member of the deer family (Alces alces), of which the male has very large, palmate antlers.
    We saw a moose at the edge of the woods.
  2. (informal) An ugly person
Usage notes
  • The usual plural of moose is moose; compare the names of many animals, such as deer and fish, which are also invariant. Other plurals are rare and nonstandard: mooses (with the usual English plural-forming suffix -s), meese (jocularly formed by analogy to goosegeese).[3]
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Etymology 2

From Dutch moes.

Noun

moose (plural mooses)

  1. (obsolete, rare) A stew.

References

  1. Online Etymology Dictionary
  2. moose” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  3. The living Algonquian languages, for their part, pluralize the term with their reflexes of the Algonquian plural sufix -ak, e.g. Abenaki moz, mozak.

Ojibwe

Noun

moose (plural mooseg)

  1. worm
  2. caterpillar

Scots

moose

Etymology

From Middle English mous, from Old English mūs, from Proto-Germanic *mūs, from Proto-Indo-European *muh₂s.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [mus]

Noun

moose (plural mice)

  1. mouse