\ ˈmüs How to pronounce moose (audio) \
plural moose

Definition of moose

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

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Examples of moose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bulk of these visitors are waterfowl—barnacle geese, tufted ducks, and common mergansers, to name a few—while mammals like moose and golden jackals can also be spotted roaming throughout the marsh. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Most are from mule deer and elk, although some are from moose and pronghorn. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 Consider insects that depend on the missing plants and the same for mammals, like moose. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2022 One of those rescued was a musher who had a dangerous encounter with a moose before the race started. Mark Thiessen, ajc, 19 Mar. 2022 In the summer months, this entails observing wildlife such as moose and golden eagles along the Stuor Julevädno river. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2022 Dogs that are off leash can also disturb nesting ground birds and can chase, injure or kill small mammals, deer, elk or moose, according to the DWR. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 That includes mammals like grizzly bears, bison, wolves, elk, and moose. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2022 Chronic wasting disease is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk and moose caused by an infectious protein called a prion that affects the animal's brain. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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

Moose geographical name

\ ˈmüs How to pronounce Moose (audio) \

Definition of Moose

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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