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
Recent Examples of moose from the Web
In fact, seeing any bull moose was a remarkable event.
Experience Isle Royale's wilderness Nearly 900 square miles of unspoiled wilderness crisscrossed by 165 miles of trails and teeming with some 1,600 moose, Isle Royale National Park offers a unique outdoor experience.
We were given the stink eye by a bull moose and his harem.
The moose was about 50 yards from shore in water about 50 feet deep, unable to move.
Black-and-white geometric wallpaper adds interest to the dining room, while a red-wire hat rack in the shape of a moose is a pop of color in the entry.
Tranquilizing moose can be dangerous because the animals are susceptible to respiratory issues when sedated.
Researchers say that if hunting does not increase and the weather does not change, the ticks' own success in killing moose will eventually make life harder for them, too.
In fact, the moose damaged the wooden base of the chimes, although Schroeder was able to repair them.
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Origin and Etymology of moose
of Algonquian origin; akin to Massachusett moos moose
First Known Use: 1603See Words from the same year
MOOSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of moose for English Language Learners
: a large animal with very large, flat antlers that lives in forests in the northern part of America, Europe, and Asia
MOOSE Defined for Kids
Definition of moose for Students
: 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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