muskeg

[muhs-keg]
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noun
  1. 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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muskeg

noun mainly Canadian
  1. undrained boggy land characterized by sphagnum moss vegetationvast areas of muskeg
  2. a bog or swamp of this nature

Word Origin for muskeg

C19: from Algonquian: grassy swamp
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Word Origin and History for muskeg
n.

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

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