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[muhs-kwosh] /ˈmʌs kwɒʃ/
Chiefly British. the fur of the muskrat.
Origin of musquash
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) Unabridged
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  • musquash will be simply drawn over a bent willow and dried in the blazing sun or near the camp fire.

    Canadian Wilds Martin Hunter
  • He did not like him, and declared that all he said "was not worth talk about a musquash."

    The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau
  • He seemed suddenly to have quite forsaken humanity, and gone over to the musquash side.

    The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau
  • musquash, like all animals in cold countries, are at their best condition in the autumn.

    Canadian Wilds Martin Hunter
  • Matilda dressed herself in her very smartest and for the first time donned the musquash toque, tippet and muff she had been given.

    Old Mole Gilbert Cannan
  • This is to prevent the musquash from running out to deep water.

    Canadian Wilds Martin Hunter
  • As in the case of the musquash (or muskrat), a strange instinct guides the beaver as to the height of his dwelling.

    Ways of Wood Folk William J. Long
  • Now hand us the trap, and we will get ready for the musquash.

  • The settlements of Quaco, Manawagonish, musquash, &c. are in a flourishing state.

  • Sure enough, Jim cut up the musquash, and gave evidences of satisfaction at finding them so plump.

British Dictionary definitions for musquash


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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