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[muhs-kwosh] /ˈmʌs kwɒʃ/
Chiefly British. the fur of the muskrat.
Origin of musquash
1770-80, Americanism; < Massachusett cognate of Western Abenaki mòskwas (perhaps equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *mo·ŝk- bobbing above the surface of the water + *-exkwe· head + derivational elements, i.e., the one whose head bobs above the water) Unabridged
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  • The “muskrat” of the States is the musquash of the fur-traders (Fiber sibethicus).

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • He did not like him, and declared that all he said "was not worth talk about a musquash."

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau
  • There are worse things in this world than being "one of the boys" in musquash.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • musquash, like all animals in cold countries, are at their best condition in the autumn.

    Canadian Wilds Martin Hunter
  • This is to prevent the musquash from running out to deep water.

    Canadian Wilds Martin Hunter
  • Now hand us the trap, and we will get ready for the musquash.

  • The cloistered peace of musquash is a metropolitan riot beside the hush of that village.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • But they love each other, and that seems to bring one back quite naturally to the girls and the boys in musquash.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • Sure enough, Jim cut up the musquash, and gave evidences of satisfaction at finding them so plump.

  • The boys made sure of this, not fancying the idea of having to depend upon the musquash alone.

British Dictionary definitions for musquash


another name for muskrat, used esp to refer to its fur
Word Origin
C17: from Algonquian: compare Natick musquash, Abnaki muskwessu
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