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  • I "Bring now to me," said the young man, "poles of the hickory, logs of gijik, the cedar; bring me wigwass, the birch-bark, and the rawhide of mooswa, the moose."

    The Silent Places

  • Crab, crayfish < IE root * gerebh - ` to scratch 'crocodile < Greek krokā ` pebbles' + drilos ` worm '(because it basks in the sun on a gravel beach, giving it the appearance of a legless worm) hippopotamus < Greek hippos ` horse + potamos ` river' moose < Algonquian mooswa ` he who eats off bark 'raccoon < Algonquian arathkone ` scratcher'

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VI No 4

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  • Algonquin word for moose, meaning "twig eater".

    ~via NPR's Says You

    December 12, 2010