Definitions

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

  • n. See muskrat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Muskrat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See muskrat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as muskrat, 1.

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

  • n. beaver-like aquatic rodent of North America with dark glossy brown fur

Etymologies

Perhaps of Massachusett origin; akin to Western Abenaki mòskwas.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Abenaki name for the animal, moskwas. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Twice or thrice pinnate leaves, toothed like a tenon saw, with conspicuous veins ending in the notches, brand it as the beaver poison, otherwise known as the musquash root and spotted cowbane.

    Some Summer Days in Iowa

  • The musquash, however, as near as I could see, did not turn aside, though he may have hesitated a little, and the Indian said that he saw our fire; but it was evident that he was in the habit of calling the musquash to him, as he said.

    The Maine Woods

  • An acquaintance of mine who was hunting moose in the woods a month after this, tells me that his Indian in this way repeatedly called the musquash within reach of his paddle in the moonlight, and struck at them.

    The Maine Woods

  • The musk-rat, _Fiber zibethecus_, sometimes called musquash from the Algonquin word, _m8sk8éss8_, is found in three varieties, the black, and rarely the pied and white.

    Voyages of Samuel De Champlain — Volume 01

  • Jimmie held up his hands in horror, until Jack explained that if properly cooked the "musquash" of the Indian was considered very good food and eaten by many French Canadian trappers in the Northwest and

    Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise or, The Dash for Dixie

  • A frock of white silk velvet brocade, over which was worn a mantle cloak of black chiffon and musquash

    The Little Black Dress | Edwardian Promenade

  • Tall, over-dressed, musquash and those abbreviated sort of shoes with jewelled heels and hardly any uppers — you know the sort of thing.

    Unnatural Death

  • Maigret had no idea; the wife of a divisional superintendent usually had to make do with rabbit fur or, at best, musquash and racoon.

    Maigret and Monsieur Charles

  • I feel no disposition to be satirical, when the trapper's coat emits the odor of musquash even; it is a sweeter scent to me than that which commonly exhales from the merchant's or the scholar's garments.

    Walking

  • The boys made sure of this, not fancying the idea of having to depend upon the musquash alone.

    With Trapper Jim in the North Woods

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  • Generally hangs out between the lambdasquash and the nusquash, way down in the pecking order from the alphasquash.

    September 14, 2009

  • Cute name.

    September 14, 2009

  • An archaic name for the Muskrat, derived from the Abenaki native word mòskwas.

    September 14, 2009