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[muhs-keg] /ˈmʌs kɛg/
a bog of northern North America, commonly having sphagnum mosses, sedge, and sometimes stunted black spruce and tamarack trees.
Also called maskeg [mas-keg] /ˈmæs kɛg/ (Show IPA).
Origin of muskeg
1765-75; < Cree maske·k < Proto-Algonquian *maŝkye·kwi swamp Unabridged
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  • Jacky did not reply for an instant, her great eyes had taken on a look of deep anxiety as she gazed towards the muskeg.

  • To cut across the muskeg that stretched for miles would trap him.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • He was compelled to pause for frequent rests, when he attacked the muskeg berries and rush-grass patches.

    Love of Life Jack London
  • Sure there wuz no ground left by raison av the muskeg at the back av it.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • How far-r did ye say ut wuz to Flor-ridy, afther ye cr-ross th' muskeg?

    Connie Morgan in Alaska James B. Hendryx
  • Along the river in the muskeg and bush to the south we hunt.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • Before I was within fifty yards of the end of the muskeg, I saw one of the moose dash across it, about 150 yards away.

  • The plains bordering the river here are forested with white spruce and broken with muskeg and lakes.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • He saw the solitary rider gather up his lines and move his horse further away from the edge of the muskeg.

  • The muskeg—the cruel, relentless muskeg, that mire, dreaded and shunned by white men and natives alike.

British Dictionary definitions for muskeg


noun (mainly Canadian)
undrained boggy land characterized by sphagnum moss vegetation: vast areas of muskeg
a bog or swamp of this nature
Word Origin
C19: from Algonquian: grassy swamp
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Word Origin and History for muskeg

kind of moss bog, 1865, from a Cree Indian word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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