plural moose
: 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
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 All the iconic Rocky Mountains animals are present in the park — moose, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, wolves, cougars, and grizzly bears. Joe Yogerst, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The scientists estimated a wolf killed 0.52 moose every month last year. Todd Richmond, Detroit Free Press, 2 Feb. 2024 Guests can get up-close views of grizzly bears, moose, musk oxen and other indigenous Alaskan animals. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 6 Jan. 2024 So far, the park is home to reindeer, yakutian horses, moose, bison, musk ox, kalmykian cows, sheep, camels and goats. Gabe Allen, Discover Magazine, 27 Dec. 2023 Two reporters for the Washington Post, a moose and a squirrel, dug up their recent espionage history, and the nomination was sunk. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2023 Beavers are an important summer food for wolves when moose are harder to catch. John Myers, Twin Cities, 2 Feb. 2024 Two-tone colorways range from moose brown to tidepool blue. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 29 Jan. 2024 Tobi lives in the Alaskan interior in a tiny off-the-grid cabin where local game like moose abound. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 18 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


of Algonquian origin; akin to Massachusett moos moose

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of moose was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Moose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural moose
: a large cud-chewing mammal with broad flattened antlers and humped shoulders that is related to the deer and lives in forests of Canada, the northern U.S., Europe, and Asia

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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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