orignal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French orignal

Noun[edit]

orignal (plural orignals)

  1. (obsolete) A moose.
    • 1760, The critical review, or annals of literature (volume 9, page 299)
      Among these the orignal deserves mention. This is an animal of the size of a mule, with thick hair, of a dark brown colour in summer, and almost entirely white in winter, by many supposed to be a species of elk.

French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the Basque word oreinak, plural of orein (deer). First used in the texts of Samuel de Champlain as orignac.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɔ.ʁi.ɲal/
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Noun[edit]

orignal m (plural orignaux)

  1. (Canada) moose

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