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moose

[moos] /mus/
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
Eastern Abenaki
1595-1605
1595-1605, Americanism; < Eastern Abenaki mos, reinforced by cognates in other Algonquian languages, all < Proto-Algonquian *mo˙swa
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Examples from the web for moose
  • 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.
  • The moose was already severely wounded and probably would have died anyway.
  • Next up, was the parade of oversized moose warning signs, some complete with flashing caution lights.
  • We didn't spot any moose on our trip but this view absolutely made the trek worth it.
  • Discover how moose are at equally at home on land and in water.
  • These social animals cooperate on their preferred prey-large animals such as deer, elk, and moose.
  • To help maintain moose-free roads, wire fences and moose corridors have been established which protect both moose and travelers.
British Dictionary definitions for moose

moose

/muːs/
noun (pl) moose
1.
a large North American deer, Alces alces, having large flattened palmate antlers: also occurs in Europe and Asia where it is called an elk
Word Origin
C17: from Algonquian; related to Narraganset moos, from moosu he strips, alluding to the moose's habit of stripping trees
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Word Origin and History for moose
n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for moose

moose

noun

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]


moose 2

noun

A prostitute

[Korean War armed forces; fr Japanese musume, ''girl'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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