- Chiefly British. the fur of the muskrat.
Origin of musquash
1770–80, Americanism; < Massachusett cognate of Western Abenaki mòskwas (perhaps equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *mo·ŝk- bobbing above the surface of the water + *-exkwe· head + derivational elements, i.e., the one whose head bobs above the water)
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Examples from the Web for musquash
The “muskrat” of the States is the musquash of the fur-traders (Fiber sibethicus).The Hunters' Feast
He did not like him, and declared that all he said "was not worth talk about a musquash."The Maine Woods
Henry David Thoreau
There are worse things in this world than being "one of the boys" in Musquash.From Sea to Sea
Musquash, like all animals in cold countries, are at their best condition in the autumn.
This is to prevent the musquash from running out to deep water.
- another name for muskrat, used esp to refer to its fur
C17: from Algonquian: compare Natick musquash, Abnaki muskwessu