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  1. Chiefly British. the fur of the muskrat.
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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

Historical Examples

  • The “muskrat” of the States is the musquash of the fur-traders (Fiber sibethicus).

    The Hunters' Feast

    Mayne Reid

  • 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

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Musquash, like all animals in cold countries, are at their best condition in the autumn.

    Canadian Wilds

    Martin Hunter

  • This is to prevent the musquash from running out to deep water.

    Canadian Wilds

    Martin Hunter

British Dictionary definitions for musquash


  1. another name for muskrat, used esp to refer to its fur
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Word Origin

C17: from Algonquian: compare Natick musquash, Abnaki muskwessu
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