- 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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Related Wordsbog, fen, glade, marsh, marshland, mire, moor, morass, mud, quag, quagmire, slough, swampland, everglade, holm, polder, swale, wetland
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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