moose

noun
\ 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

Moose

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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Clearly, the same can't be said for Grondalen, who ran straight into a rogue moose. SI.com, "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 The best culinary day trip: Alaskans get to experience the magic of our state in daily doses – a dramatic sunrise during the morning commute, a bite of last summer's halibut in February, a meandering moose in the driveway. Anchorage Daily News, "Out-of-town guests? Here’s where to take them to eat around Anchorage.," 31 May 2018 Nearby a young male moose lounged in a riverbank glade and a Pronghorn antelope sprinted across fallow farmland once plied by early and unsuccessful Mormon farmers. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way To Spend 72 Hours at Jackson Hole," 31 July 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 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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