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musquash

[ muhs-kwosh ]
/ ˈmʌs kwɒʃ /
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noun

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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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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