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

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local farmers can make extra money by digging peat out of the nearby muskeg
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Atmospheric rivers are sometimes good, sometimes bad for Alaska," 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, "‘It was so unfazed by me’: Woman recounts slobber-covered cat’s Anchorage wolverine encounter," 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, "Damaged boat found along river amid search in Canada for fugitive murder suspects," 5 Aug. 2019 The spongy bog lands — known as muskeg — dot the landscape beside expansive lakes and rivers. Morgan Krakow, Washington Post, "People have unknowingly come face to face with two teens on the lam in Canada, suspected of murder," 31 July 2019 The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc. Fox News, "Possible sighting of Canada murder suspects reported in Manitoba as police swarm area," 29 July 2019 The thick muskeg swallowed boots and mired vehicles and artillery pieces. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Thousands of Japanese fought in a bloody World War II battle for the Aleutians. Only 28 survived.," 24 May 2018 The combination of alpine, muskeg and stands of young aspen and birch established after a fire — more than a million acres burned in 2004 — created an infusion of nutrients ideal for ruffed grouse. Author: Christine Cunningham, Alaska Dispatch News, "In grouse country near Chicken, a bird dog has his day," 28 Sep. 2017 The train tracks running over muskeg and the frozen soil of the boreal forest to Churchill from the nearest town to the south, Gillam, 179 miles away, were washed out in 19 places, according to their American corporate owner. Catherine Porter, New York Times, "Canadian Town, Isolated After Losing Rail Link, ‘Feels Held Hostage’," 30 Aug. 2017

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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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“Muskeg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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