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musquash

[muhs-kwosh] /ˈmʌs kwɒʃ/
noun
1.
Chiefly British. the fur of the muskrat.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80, Americanism; < Massachusett cognate of Western Abenaki mòskwas (perhaps equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *mo·ŝk- bobbing above the surface of the water + *-exkwe· head + derivational elements, i.e., the one whose head bobs above the water)
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musquash

/ˈmʌskwɒʃ/
noun
1.
another name for muskrat, used esp to refer to its fur
Word Origin
C17: from Algonquian: compare Natick musquash, Abnaki muskwessu
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