[ muhs-kuh-luhnj ]
/ ˈmʌs kəˌlʌndʒ /
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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.



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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)
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Example sentences from the Web for muskellunge

  • In an hour Ethan returned to the shore with a large muskellunge and half a dozen large lake trout.

    Hope and Have|Oliver Optic
  • 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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