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muskeg

[muhs-keg] /ˈmʌs kɛg/
noun
1.
a bog of northern North America, commonly having sphagnum mosses, sedge, and sometimes stunted black spruce and tamarack trees.
Also called maskeg.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < Cree maske·k < Proto-Algonquian *maŝkye·kwi swamp
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  • 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

muskeg

/ˈmʌsˌkɛɡ/
noun (mainly Canadian)
1.
undrained boggy land characterized by sphagnum moss vegetation: vast areas of muskeg
2.
a bog or swamp of this nature
Word Origin
C19: from Algonquian: grassy swamp
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Word Origin and History for muskeg
n.

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

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