moose

noun \ ˈmüs \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of moose

plural 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

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Origin and Etymology of moose

of Algonquian origin; akin to Massachusett moos moose

Other Mammals Terms


Moose

geographical name \ ˈmüs \

Definition of Moose

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.

MOOSE Defined for English Language Learners

moose

noun

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

moose

noun \ ˈmüs \

Definition of moose for Students

plural 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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