mus·​keg | \ ˈmə-ˌskeg How to pronounce muskeg (audio) , -ˌskāg \

Definition of muskeg

1 : bog especially : a sphagnum bog of northern North America often with tussocks
2 : a usually thick deposit of partially decayed vegetable matter of wet boreal regions

Examples of muskeg in a Sentence

local farmers can make extra money by digging peat out of the nearby muskeg
Recent Examples on the Web Any Alaskan who has just attempted to cross muskeg on foot will sympathize with the plight of the salvage crews, who had to remove a fighter plane partially buried in knee-deep mud and transport it to the island’s coast for pickup. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 The terrain gives way to a mixture of forest, muskeg and drylands, where the sandy soil rises to the surface. NBC News, 22 Nov. 2021 That muskeg excludes the rainforest Sitka spruce and hemlock that dominate most of this plain beneath high mountains. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Aug. 2021 Much of the undeveloped land in Tongass is rock, ice or muskeg, a type of cold-climate swamp. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Oct. 2020 After a lightning strike sparked it on June 21, that fire had consumed spruce and muskeg over a swath the size of New York City. Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2019 Ruhle lives in an Anchorage neighborhood on Elmore Road and East 66th Avenue where the city butts up against the muskeg and forest of the 730-acre Bureau of Land Management Campbell Tract. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2019 Authorities have used helicopters, drones, boats, and dogs to search approximately 4,200 square miles of tundra, muskeg and dense forests. Fox News, 5 Aug. 2019 The spongy bog lands — known as muskeg — dot the landscape beside expansive lakes and rivers. Morgan Krakow, Washington Post, 31 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of muskeg

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for muskeg

Cree maske·k

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Last Updated

19 Jul 2022

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“Muskeg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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