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
We were given the stink eye by a bull moose and his harem.
The friendship was formed after the moose was seen wandering around local hayfields, perhaps taking advantage of the plentiful plants and shoots.
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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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