Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large deer (Alces alces) of northern North American and Eurasian forests, having a broad pendulous muzzle, humped shoulders, and large, palmate antlers in the male.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The Alaskan moose has been described as a new species, Alces gigas, distinguished by its larger teeth and antlers, and by other characteristics.
  • noun An animal of the family Cervidæ, the Cervus alces or Alces malchis of those who hold that it is the same as the elk of Europe; the moose-deer of America, by some considered specifically distinct from the elk of Europe, and then called Alces americana.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A large cervine mammal (Alces alces syn. Alces machlis, syn Alces Americanus), native of the Northern United States and Canada. The adult male is about as large as a horse, and has very large, palmate antlers. It closely resembles the European elk, and by many zoölogists is considered the same species. See elk.
  • noun Obsolescent. Cant, from the early 1900's. A member of the Progressive Party; a Bull Moose.
  • noun A member of the fraternal organization named Loyal Order of Moose.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the Canada jayor whisky jack. See Whisky jack.
  • noun Same as Moose.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a locality where moose, in winter, herd together in a forest to feed and for mutual protection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US The largest member of the deer family (Alces alces), of which the male has very large, palmate antlers.
  • noun Plural form of moose.
  • noun obsolete, rare A stew.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called `elk' in Europe and `moose' in North America

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Eastern Abenaki mos.]

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From Dutch moes.

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Earlier mus, moos, from a Northeastern Algonquian language (compare Massachusett dialectal / Narragansett moos, Penobscot mos, Abenaki moz), from moos-u ‘he strips, cuts smooth’, from Proto-Algonquian *mō·swa, referring to how a moose strips tree bark when feeding.

Examples

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  • This young lady is outside my window right now.

    October 8, 2008

  • AWWWW!! Good pic!

    October 8, 2008

  • Her brother was nearby but wasn't cooperating with me.

    October 8, 2008

  • *marvels*

    Do you have this experience often, skipvia? (Having moose outside your window, I mean.)

    October 8, 2008

  • If they don't come and check out our garden at least weekly, we worry about them. I just happened to have my camera out when these dropped by. (They were eating the remains of the garden that we pulled up last week when it snowed a bit.)

    Our cat once chased two moose from our back yard.

    October 8, 2008

  • Skipvia, your cat is pretty much awesome.

    *Looks wistfully out the window for a moose*

    October 8, 2008

  • That cat was fearless. Utterly fearless. But not very bright.

    October 8, 2008

  • I should mention, lest you think that moose are weenies, that I have seen a cow moose back a brown bear about 200 yards up a ravine to protect her calf.

    October 8, 2008

  • Well, if I'd known her calf was there, I would certainly have avoided the place.

    October 8, 2008

  • No moose worth her dewlap would try and face you down, c_b. :-)

    October 8, 2008