\ ˈmüs How to pronounce moose (audio) \
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


geographical name
\ ˈmüs How to pronounce Moose (audio) \

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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Danny Weigel told the Associated Press that campus police believed after consulting with wildlife professionals that tranquilizing and relocating the moose was the best option. Mike Mcfeely, Twin Cities, "N.D. wildlife officials opposed drugging UND moose, citing consumption risk to hunters," 6 Sep. 2019 Let Mike Moustakas ride a moose through the dugout. Jon Tayler,, "MLB Is a Game of Extremes in 2019. What Does That Mean for the Sport's Future?," 3 Sep. 2019 Clearly, the same can't be said for Grondalen, who ran straight into a rogue moose., "8 Freak Injuries Which Sidelined Players Completely Out of Nowhere," 16 Aug. 2019 No wonder this poor moose was in desperate need of some relief from the heat! Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Inspirational Alaskan Moose’s Self-Care Routine Is Cooling Off in This Sprinkler," 12 July 2019 Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the moose was tranquilized and is being relocated back into the mountains in Park County near Fairplay where temperatures are much cooler. Jennifer Rios, The Denver Post, "Moose relocated from Broomfield area to Park County," 8 July 2019 Until then, the state had valued a moose at only $1,000, which Skrocki described as woefully inadequate. National Geographic, "In the Alaska-Yukon wilderness, wildlife crime fighters face a daunting task," 25 June 2019 Police say a moose smashed through the window of a vacant pizzeria. USA TODAY, "Mowing quest, mayo man, soybean scare: News from around our 50 states," 17 June 2019 Kelly Lamoreau, 45, told the local publication that hunting big game like moose allows her to feel more secure in herself. Fox News, "More women are hunting moose in Maine," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of moose


1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moose


of Algonquian origin; akin to Massachusett moos moose

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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


\ ˈmüs How to pronounce moose (audio) \
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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