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1610s, from an Algonquian language, probably Narragansett moos or Abenaki moz (cf. Penobscot muns, Ojibwa mooz, Unami Delaware /mo:s/), said by early sources to be from moosu "he strips off," in reference to the animals' stripping bark for food.
A large, powerful man; hoss: The man fills a doorway. Oh, he's a big man. They should call him Bob Moose
[1940s+; fr Narraganset moos,fr moosu,''he trims or cuts smooth,'' referring to the animal's feeding on the lower banches of trees]
[Korean War armed forces; fr Japanese musume, ''girl'']