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Definition of moose

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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


geographical name
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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since then, a young moose, possibly the same calf, has regularly returned. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Door camera records young moose trapping Anchorage man in his shed," 17 Jan. 2020 Keep your eyes peeled for bursts of alpine wildflowers, elusive moose, and the valley’s namesake coyote. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "The 25 Best Accessible Trails in America," 15 Jan. 2020 Somewhere along the way, between 1912 and now, the photograph of Teddy and the moose escaped the confines of its context and found a new life as a standalone image. Rose Eveleth, Wired, "Teddy Roosevelt on a Moose: Fake News, or Fake Fake News?," 24 Mar. 2020 There was the time we were nearly trampled to death by an ornery moose on the Colorado River. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, "Is This Lake the Best New Bass Fishing Spot in Mexico?," 18 Mar. 2020 In the northeastern corner of Vermont, moose density is more than one moose per square mile -- higher than any other part of the state, the department said. Allen Kim, CNN, "Huge numbers of ticks are wreaking havoc on the moose population in Vermont," 25 Feb. 2020 For each collared moose, biologists collect detailed health information, including a blood sample, parasite loads, body condition and winter tick loads. USA TODAY, "Gingerbread destruction raffle, toilet paper pyramid, Tiehm’s buckwheat: News from around our 50 states," 14 Aug. 2018 The Christmas tree, fragrant with resin, a bit of ancient nature brought indoors for the dogs to circle suspiciously and perhaps drag to the ground and dismember, like wolves on a sickly moose. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, "Make the Swedish mulled wine glogg, and your house will smell like Christmas," 13 Dec. 2019 The investigation was spurred when wildlife troopers found that employees at Gold King Creek Alaska Adventures had illegally harvested a moose in September 2018, according to a statement from troopers. Anchorage Daily News, "3 charged in illegal big game guiding operation south of Fairbanks, troopers say," 13 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of moose was in 1603

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13 May 2020

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“Moose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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


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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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