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[muhs-kuh-luhnj] /ˈmʌs kəˌlʌndʒ/
noun, plural muskellunges (especially collectively) muskellunge.
a large game fish, Esox masquinongy, of the pike family, found in the lakes and rivers of eastern and middle western North America.
Origin of muskellunge
1780-90, Americanism; earlier muskinunge, masquenongez (French spelling), etc., < Canadian French maskinongé < Ojibwa ma·skino·ŝe·, ma·ŝkino·ŝe· (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *mya·ŝi similar to, kind of + *kenweŝye·wa northern pike) Unabridged
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  • Once a twenty pound muskellunge had been caught, and bass were plentiful.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
British Dictionary definitions for muskellunge


noun (pl) -lunges, -longes, -nonges, -lunge, -longe, -nonge
a large North American freshwater game fish, Esox masquinongy: family Esocidae (pikes, etc) Often (informal) shortened to musky, muskie
Word Origin
C18: maskinunga, of Algonquian origin; compare Ojibwa mashkinonge big pike
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Word Origin and History for muskellunge

"large North American pike," 1789, from Algonquian (Ojibwa) maashkinoozhe; the second element kinoozhe "pike;" the first either mac "great," maazh- "similar to," or maazh- "ugly." Altered by French folk etymology as masque allongé "long mask." Called muskie for short (1894).

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