musquash

musquash

[muhs-kwosh]
noun
Chiefly British. the fur of the muskrat.

Origin:
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)
 
n
another name for muskrat, used esp to refer to its fur
 
[C17: from Algonquian: compare Natick musquash, Abnaki muskwessu]

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