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/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for muskeg

Historical Examples of muskeg

British Dictionary definitions for muskeg


noun mainly Canadian

undrained boggy land characterized by sphagnum moss vegetationvast areas of muskeg
a bog or swamp of this nature

Word Origin for muskeg

C19: from Algonquian: grassy swamp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for muskeg

kind of moss bog, 1865, from a Cree Indian word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper