- a large game fish, Esox masquinongy, of the pike family, found in the lakes and rivers of eastern and middle western North America.
Origin of muskellunge
Examples from the Web for muskellunge
Once a twenty pound muskellunge had been caught, and bass were plentiful.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
maskalonge (ˈmæskəˌlɒndʒ) or maskanonge (ˈmæskəˌnɒndʒ)
- a large North American freshwater game fish, Esox masquinongy: family Esocidae (pikes, etc)Often (informal) shortened to: musky, muskie
Word Origin and History for muskellunge
"large North American pike," 1789, from Algonquian (Ojibwa) maashkinoozhe; the second element kinoozhe "pike;" the first either mac "great," maazh- "similar to," or maazh- "ugly." Altered by French folk etymology as masque allongé "long mask." Called muskie for short (1894).