moose

[moos]
noun, plural moose.
1.
a large, long-headed mammal, Alces alces, of the deer family, having circumpolar distribution in the Northern Hemisphere, the male of which has enormous palmate antlers.
2.
(initial capital letter) a member of a fraternal and benevolent organization (Loyal Order of Moose)

Origin:
1595–1605, Americanism; < Eastern Abenaki mos, reinforced by cognates in other Algonquian languages, all < Proto-Algonquian *mo˙swa

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moose (muːs)
 
n , pl moose
a large North American deer, Alces alces, having large flattened palmate antlers: also occurs in Europe and Asia where it is called an elk
 
[C17: from Algonquian; related to Narraganset moos, from moosu he strips, alluding to the moose's habit of stripping trees]

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moose
1613, from an Algonquian language, probably Narragansett moos (cf. Abenaki mus, Penobscot muns), said by early sources to be from moosu "he strips off," in reference to the animals' stripping bark for food.
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Example sentences
As the warm weather comes on the moose are driven out of the thick woods by
  heat and flies.
The moose in the room, of course, is her lack of experience.
Bears also eat other animals, from rodents to moose.
Dust your moose regularly, but remember not to carry it by the antlers.
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