moose

noun
\ ˈmüs \
plural moose

Definition of moose 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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 U.S., Europe, and Asia

2 capitalized [ Loyal Order of Moose ] : a member of a major benevolent and fraternal order

Moose

geographical name
\ ˈmüs \

Definition of Moose (Entry 2 of 2)

river 50 miles (80 kilometers) long in northeastern Ontario, Canada, flowing northeast into James Bay

Note: The Moose River is actually an estuary of the Abitibi, Mattagami, and other rivers.

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Noun

moose 1

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It's meant little to no predation on the island's abundant moose — and, in turn, a moose population boom. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Isle Royale's 2 remaining wolves still alive, spotted this winter," 17 May 2018 These snuggles eventually extended to the whole family, with the baby moose making the rounds to get pets from everyone you who entered the backyard. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Curious Dog Finds Abandoned Baby Moose, Immediately Decides It's His Best Friend," 12 June 2018 Chronic wasting disease is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose caused by an abnormal, infectious prion, or protein, that affects the animal's brain. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "CWD-positive deer found at Marinette County breeding facility," 23 June 2018 On May 4, a man chased a moose onto the median of a busy stretch of highway in Frisco, Colorado. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "The Social-Media Sleuths Hunting Down Moose Harassers," 21 May 2018 Assuming that Maggie’s mom moose must have come and collected the baby, Lugdon let her dog Leo outside to do his business. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Curious Dog Finds Abandoned Baby Moose, Immediately Decides It's His Best Friend," 12 June 2018 Cow moose can be particularly dangerous during calving season. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Tis the season of newborn moose calves in Anchorage. Here’s your annual reminder to steer clear.," 13 May 2018 By Elaina Zachos PUBLISHED June 5, 2018 In Canada, a country known for its charismatic wildlife, seeing a moose is not uncommon. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Rare Moose Triplets Spotted—Here's Why They're So Unusual," 5 June 2018 Police believe the moose was struck by a vehicle, but no cars were on scene when troopers arrived. BostonGlobe.com, "Non-profit aims to get girls in the game," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of moose

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moose

Noun

of Algonquian origin; akin to Massachusett moos moose

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moose

noun

English Language Learners Definition of moose

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

moose

noun
\ ˈmüs \
plural moose

Kids Definition of moose

: a large animal with broad flattened antlers and humped shoulders that is related to the deer and lives in forests of Canada, the northern United States, Europe, and Asia

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