muskeg

[muhs-keg]
noun
a bog of northern North America, commonly having sphagnum mosses, sedge, and sometimes stunted black spruce and tamarack trees.
Also called maskeg.


Origin:
1765–75; < Cree maske·k < Proto-Algonquian *maŝkye·kwi swamp

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muskeg (ˈmʌsˌkɛɡ)
 
n
1.  undrained boggy land characterized by sphagnum moss vegetation: vast areas of muskeg
2.  a bog or swamp of this nature
 
[C19: from Algonquian: grassy swamp]

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