musquash

[ muhs-kwosh ]
/ ˈmʌs kwɒʃ /
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noun

Chiefly British. the fur of the muskrat.

Nearby words

  1. muslin delaine,
  2. muslin kail,
  3. musm,
  4. musnud,
  5. muso,
  6. musquash root,
  7. muss,
  8. mussaka,
  9. mussel,
  10. mussel crab

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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British Dictionary definitions for musquash

musquash

/ (ˈmʌskwɒʃ) /

noun

another name for muskrat, used esp to refer to its fur

Word Origin for musquash

C17: from Algonquian: compare Natick musquash, Abnaki muskwessu

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