[ muhs-kuh-luhnj ]
/ ˈmʌs kəˌlʌndʒ /

noun, plural mus·kel·lung·es, (especially collectively) mus·kel·lunge.

a large game fish, Esox masquinongy, of the pike family, found in the lakes and rivers of eastern and middle western North America.

Nearby words

  1. muskallonge,
  2. muskeg,
  3. muskego,
  4. muskegon,
  5. muskegon heights,
  6. musket,
  7. musketeer,
  8. musketry,
  9. muskie,
  10. muskie, edmund sixtus

Origin of muskellunge

1780–90, Americanism; earlier muskinunge, masquenongez (French spelling), etc., < Canadian French maskinongé < Ojibwa ma·skino·ŝe·, ma·ŝkino·ŝe· (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *mya·ŝi similar to, kind of + *kenweŝye·wa northern pike) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for muskellunge

  • Once a twenty pound muskellunge had been caught, and bass were plentiful.

    A Son of the City|Herman Gastrell Seely

British Dictionary definitions for muskellunge


maskalonge (ˈmæskəˌlɒndʒ) or maskanonge (ˈmæskəˌnɒndʒ)

/ (ˈmʌskəˌlʌndʒ) /

noun plural -lunges, -longes, -nonges, -lunge, -longe or -nonge

a large North American freshwater game fish, Esox masquinongy: family Esocidae (pikes, etc)Often (informal) shortened to: musky, muskie

Word Origin for muskellunge

C18: maskinunga, of Algonquian origin; compare Ojibwa mashkinonge big pike

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Word Origin and History for muskellunge



"large North American pike," 1789, from Algonquian (Ojibwa) maashkinoozhe; the second element kinoozhe "pike;" the first either mac "great," maazh- "similar to," or maazh- "ugly." Altered by French folk etymology as masque allongé "long mask." Called muskie for short (1894).

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