moose

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English[edit]

A moose.

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Earlier mus, moos, from a Northeastern 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) mooses or (nonstandard) 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 nonstandard: mooses (with the usual English plural-forming suffix -s) and meese (jocularly formed by analogy to goosegeese).[3]
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Descendants[edit]
  • Irish: mús
  • Khmer: មូហ្ស (muuhsɑɑ)
  • Korean: 무스 (museu)
  • Persian: موس(mūs)
  • Thai: มูส (múus)
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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. ^ 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, from Old English mūs, from Proto-Germanic *mūs, from Proto-Indo-European *muh₂s.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

moose (plural mice)

  1. mouse