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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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Examples from the web for muskeg
  • There is peat bog, or muskeg, dangerous if you take a misstep and fall into a muskeg hole.
  • The setting is pristine, old-growth spruce and hemlock forest with scattered muskeg.
  • The breeding habitat of this species is freshwater lakes and ponds in muskeg and forested areas.
  • The surrounding terrain is predominantly flat to rolling old growth forest and muskeg.
  • muskeg and alpine meadows are important summer and fall feeding areas for these birds.
  • Wetland vegetation includes conifer bogs and swamps and open muskeg.
  • The uplands and muskeg throughout the park provide good exploratory hiking.
  • These have been extensively eroded in some places and typically are obscured beneath thick cover of silt or muskeg.
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.

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