moose

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English[edit]

A moose.

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).[1][2]

Noun[edit]

moose (plural moose or (dated, rare) mooses or (non-standard, jocular) meese)

  1. (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.
  2. (informal) An ugly person.
Usage notes[edit]
  • The usual plural of moose is moose; compare the names of many animals, such as 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 goosegeese).[3]
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Etymology 2[edit]

Japanese むすめ (girl).

Noun[edit]

moose

  1. (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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “moose”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  2. ^ moose” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  3. ^ The living Algonquian languages, for their part, pluralize the term with their reflexes of the Algonquian plural sufix -ak, e.g. Abenaki moz, mozak.

Ojibwe[edit]

Noun[edit]

moose (plural mooseg)

  1. worm
  2. caterpillar

Scots[edit]

moose

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mous

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Noun[edit]

moose (plural mice)

  1. mouse