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Loyal Order of Moose

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[moos] /mus/
noun, plural moose.
a large, long-headed mammal, Alces alces, of the deer family, having circumpolar distribution in the Northern Hemisphere, the male of which has enormous palmate antlers.
(initial capital letter) a member of a fraternal and benevolent organization (Loyal Order of Moose)
Origin of moose
Eastern Abenaki
1595-1605, Americanism; < Eastern Abenaki mos, reinforced by cognates in other Algonquian languages, all < Proto-Algonquian *mo˙swa Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Loyal Order of Moose


noun (pl) moose
a large North American deer, Alces alces, having large flattened palmate antlers: also occurs in Europe and Asia where it is called an elk
Word Origin
C17: from Algonquian; related to Narraganset moos, from moosu he strips, alluding to the moose's habit of stripping trees
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Word Origin and History for Loyal Order of Moose



1610s, from an Algonquian language, probably Narragansett moos or Abenaki moz (cf. Penobscot muns, Ojibwa mooz, Unami Delaware /mo:s/), said by early sources to be from moosu "he strips off," in reference to the animals' stripping bark for food.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Loyal Order of Moose



A large, powerful man; hoss: The man fills a doorway. Oh, he's a big man. They should call him Bob Moose

[1940s+; fr Narraganset moos,fr moosu,''he trims or cuts smooth,'' referring to the animal's feeding on the lower banches of trees]

moose 2


A prostitute

[Korean War armed forces; fr Japanese musume, ''girl'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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