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Moose Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    moose n : large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called elk in Europe and moose in North America [syn: elk, European elk, Alces alces]
Moose Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Moose \Moose\, n. [A native name; Knisteneaux mouswah; Algonquin monse. Mackenzie.] (Zo["o]l.) A large cervine mammal (Alces machlis, or A. 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 zo["o]logists is considered the same species. See Elk. Moose bird (Zo["o]l.), the Canada jayor whisky jack. See Whisky jack. Moose deer. Same as Moose. Moose yard (Zo["o]l.), a locality where moose, in winter, herd together in a forest to feed and for mutual protection.
Moose Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Moose \Moose\, n. A member of the Progressive Party; a Bull Moose. [Cant]
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The moose (North America) or Eurasian elk (Europe) (Alces alces) is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a dendritic ("twig-like") configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates.

The animal bearing the scientific name Alces alces is known in Britain as the elk, and in North America as the moose.

The British English word elk has cognates in other Indo-European languages, for example elg in Norwegian, älg in Swedish, Elch in German and łoś in Polish. Confusingly, the word elk is used in North America to refer to a different animal, Cervus canadensis, also known as the wapiti which is similar though slightly smaller (the wapiti is the second largest deer species), and behaviorally divergent from the smaller red deer of central and western Europe. Presumably early European explorers in North America called it elk because of its size and presumably because, as men coming from the British Isles they would have had no opportunity to see the difference between a member of the genus Cervus and an animal fitting the description of Alces at home, where the latter was nowhere present in the 17th and 18th century.

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  • Anchorage mulls fence regulations to protect moose
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — After five moose were gored to death trying to jump over some decorative fences, officials in Alaska's largest city are considering regulations to make the gothic-style fences safer. Read more on this news related to 'Moose'
  • Moose make a surprising move into Utah's Range Creek
    Visitors to Range Creek Canyon in the Book Cliffs typically head to the remote area to experience its treasure trove of archaeological sites - but they may also be spotting some surprising wildlife. Moose have shown up in the hot, arid and usually ... Read more on this news related to 'Moose'
  • Moose Killed On I-84 In Southington
    Follow Your Town News On The Courant's Southington Facebook Page SOUTHINGTON — A small female moose was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on eastbound I-84 early Sunday, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Read more on this news related to 'Moose'

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