- a bog of northern North America, commonly having sphagnum mosses, sedge, and sometimes stunted black spruce and tamarack trees.
Origin of muskeg
1765–75; < Cree maske·k < Proto-Algonquian *maŝkye·kwi swamp
Also called mas·keg [mas-keg] /ˈmæs kɛg/.
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Examples from the Web for muskeg
We certainly had muskeg enough yesterday and the day before.
To my notion, this looks considerable like a muskeg just on ahead of us.
None the less, here is the muskeg, and here we are with our horses, and we must get across.
The muskeg, I must remind you, was drained and nothing found.
It was a five-dollar bill on the same bank we found at the muskeg!
- undrained boggy land characterized by sphagnum moss vegetationvast areas of muskeg
- a bog or swamp of this nature
C19: from Algonquian: grassy swamp
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Word Origin and History for muskeg
kind of moss bog, 1865, from a Cree Indian word.
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