muskellunge

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mus·kel·lunge

noun \ˈməs-kə-ˌlənj\
plural muskellunge

Definition of MUSKELLUNGE

:  a large North American pike (Esox masquinongy) that has dark markings, may weigh over 60 pounds (27 kilograms), and is a valuable sport fish

Origin of MUSKELLUNGE

alteration of Canadian French maskinongé, from Ojibwa ma·skino·še·
First Known Use: 1777

muskellunge

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Species (Esox masquinongy) of somewhat uncommon pike valued as a fighting game fish and, to a lesser extent, as a food fish. It inhabits weedy rivers and lakes of the North American Great Lakes region. It averages about 20 lbs (9 kg), but may grow to 6 ft (1.8 m) long and weigh 80 lbs (36 kg) or more, making it the largest fish in the pike family. The lower part of the cheeks and the gill covers are scaleless.

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