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See also: Moose
Earlier mus, moos, from an Eastern Algonquian language name for the animal, such as Massachusett moos, mws, Narragansett moos or Penobscot mos (cognate to Abenaki moz), from Proto-Algonquian *mo·swa (“it strips”), referring to how a moose strips tree bark when feeding: compare Massachusett moos-u (“he strips, cuts smooth”).
moose (plural moose or (dated, rare) mooses or (non-standard, jocular) meese)
- (US, Canada) The largest member of the deer family (Alces americanus, sometimes included in Alces alces), of which the male has very large, palmate antlers.
- We saw a moose at the edge of the woods.
- Any of the extinct moose-like deer of the genera Cervalces and Libralces.
- 2018, Tim Flannery, Europe: A Natural History, page 152:
- Europe’s giant beavers lived at the same time as the first moose, Libralces gallicus.
- (figuratively, derogatory, colloquial) An ugly person.
- The usual plural of moose is moose; compare the names of many animals, such as sheep, deer and fish, which are also invariant.
- Other plurals are rare and non-standard: mooses (with the usual English plural-forming suffix -s) and meese (jocularly formed by analogy to goose → geese).
- (largest member of the deer family (Alces americanus)): elk (British, Commonwealth), Newfoundland speed bump (Canadian, humorous)
- Alaska moose (Alces americanus gigas)
- eastern moose (Alces americanus americanus)
- ghost moose
- moosebird (Perisoreus canadensis)
- moose deer
- moose knuckle
- moose limb
- moose maple
- moose milk
- Moose River
- moose test
- moose yard
- northwestern moose (Alces americanus andersoni)
- Shiras moose (Alces americanus shirasi)
- spirit moose
- → Irish: mús
- → Khmer: មូហ្ស (muuhsɑɑ)
- → Korean: 무스 (museu)
- → Persian: موس (mus)
- → Arabic: مُوظ (mūẓ)
- → Thai: มูส (múus)
- Thai: กวางมูส (gwaang-múus)
largest member of the deer family (Alces alces)
Borrowed from Japanese むすめ (“girl”).
- (US, military, slang) An Asian girl taken as a lover.
- 2005, Rupert Nelson, Like the Rings of a Tree, page 279:
- In military bases in the rear areas it was common for soldiers to have a moose.
- 2011, Michael Cullen Green, Black Yanks in the Pacific, page 75:
- Even the lowest ranked serviceman, because of his salary, benefits, and status as an American occupationaire, could afford to “maintain a 'Moose' and still take care of his other obligations.
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “moose”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- ^ “moose”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
moose (plural mooseg)
From Middle English mous.
moose (plural mice)
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