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musquash

[muhs-kwosh] /ˈmʌs kwɒʃ/
noun
1.
Chiefly British. the fur of the muskrat.
Origin of musquash
1770-1780
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)
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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

musquash

/ˈmʌskwɒʃ/
noun
1.
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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