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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Noun

moose 1

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Examples of moose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The moose carcass was found about 50 yards from the site of the attack, said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen. NBC News, "Montana backcountry guide dies after he was mauled by grizzly near Yellowstone," 20 Apr. 2021 The moose carcass was found about 50 yards from the site of the attack, said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen. CBS News, "Grizzly bear kills guide just outside Yellowstone National Park," 20 Apr. 2021 Investigators later found a moose carcass within 50 yards of the site of Mock's attack. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Backcountry guide mauled to death while fishing near Yellowstone National Park," 20 Apr. 2021 The moose carcass was found about 50 yards (45 meters) from the site of the attack, said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen. BostonGlobe.com, "Montana backcountry guide killed after being mauled by grizzly bear near Yellowstone," 19 Apr. 2021 Chronic Wasting Disease — a fatal neurological disease in deer, elk and moose — was found at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratories in their Uvalde and Hunt county facilities on March 23 and 24, respectively. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, "'Zombie disease' found in two Texas deer breeding facilities, TPWD says," 2 Apr. 2021 Now is a good time to reapply it, or do a first application to keep those hungry moose at bay. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska gardeners might feel the urge to prune right now. Resist it.," 1 Apr. 2021 Both are home to grizzly and black bears, bison, wolves, mountain lions, more than 300 species of birds, elk, and moose, among other animals. Debbi Kickham, Forbes, "Savor A Spring Wildlife Safari In The USA At Hotel Jackson," 11 Mar. 2021 Susan Butcher, favored to win that year, had to withdraw after a moose attack that killed two of her dogs. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "Facing Blizzards and Accidents, Iditarod’s First Woman Champion Libby Riddles Persisted," 11 Mar. 2020

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Moose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moose. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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