[ muhs-kuh-luhnj ]

noun,plural mus·kel·lung·es, (especially collectively) mus·kel·lunge.
  1. a large game fish, Esox masquinongy, of the pike family, found in the lakes and rivers of the eastern and central United States and and in Canada from Quebec to Manitoba.

Origin of muskellunge

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; earlier muskinunge, masquenongez (French spelling), etc., from Canadian French maskinongé from Ojibwe ma·skino·ŝe·, ma·ŝkino·ŝe· (equivalent to unattested Proto-Algonquian mya·ŝi “similar to, kind of” + *kenweŝye·wa “northern pike”)

Words Nearby muskellunge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use muskellunge in a sentence

  • 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) /

nounplural -lunges, -longes, -nonges, -lunge, -longe or -nonge
  1. a large North American freshwater game fish, Esox masquinongy: family Esocidae (pikes, etc): Often (informal) shortened to: musky, muskie

Origin of muskellunge

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

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