noun \ˈmüs\

: a large animal with very large, flat antlers that lives in forests in the northern part of America, Europe, and Asia

plural moose

Full Definition of MOOSE

:  a ruminant mammal (Alces alces) with humped shoulders, long legs, and broadly palmated antlers that is the largest existing member of the deer family and inhabits forested areas of Canada, the northern United States, Europe, and Asia
capitalized [Loyal Order of Moose] :  a member of a major benevolent and fraternal order

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Origin of MOOSE

of Algonquian origin; akin to Massachusett moos moose
First Known Use: 1603

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole


geographical name \ˈmüs\

Definition of MOOSE

river 50 miles (80 kilometers) Canada in NE Ontario flowing NE into James Bay; estuary of Abitibi, Mattagami, & other rivers


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bull moose (Alces alces) in velvet—© Leonard Lee Rue III/Photo Researchers, Inc.

Largest species (Alces alces) in the deer family (Cervidae), found in northern North America and Eurasia. It is called elk in Europe. Moose have long legs, a bulbous and mobile muzzle, short neck and tail, and a brown, shaggy, coarse coat. They stand 5–7 ft (1.5–2 m) tall and weigh up to 1,800 lb (820 kg). Males have enormous flattened, tined antlers that are shed and regrown annually. Moose wade in forest-edged lakes and streams, eating submerged aquatic plants, and browse on leaves, twigs, and bark. They are usually solitary, but North American moose often assemble in bands in winter. They range throughout the Canadian coniferous forests and those of the northern U.S. They have been protected from extermination by regulation of hunting. See also wapiti.


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