Definition of moose in English:



  • A large deer with palmate antlers and a growth of skin hanging from the neck, native to northern Eurasia and northern North America.

    Alces alces, family Cervidae

    Also called elk in Britain
    • ‘You're likely to see grizzly bears, moose, and elk, and hear wolves howling at night.’
    • ‘In the north, the densities of large game such as caribou, moose, and deer are relatively low.’
    • ‘Its forest covers an area half the size of Wales and supports a healthy population of wolves, moose and bears.’
    • ‘Other wildlife one can encounter in the winter includes moose, deer, fox and otter.’
    • ‘We also witness huge elk grazing, and for a brief intoxicating moment, a massive moose plodding across a stream.’
    • ‘The only plant eaters to survive were reindeer that grazed on lichens and moose that fed on willows.’
    • ‘As we chugged by the prairie, they caught a rare glimpse of a moose, standing next to the tracks.’
    • ‘Elusive moose and black bears also live here, as do less frequently seen grizzly bears.’
    • ‘Many ravens were seen and heard but the highlight of the trip was seeing the reindeer and moose.’
    • ‘In summer you can relax on a deck while watching for moose, deer, coyotes, or foxes to meander by.’
    • ‘Expect to spot bison, elk, deer, moose, coyote and many winter birds during your ski.’
    • ‘It is also home to deer, elk and moose, and the rivers and lakes are alive with fish.’
    • ‘If you're lucky, you might spot a moose or hear the eerie howl of a gray wolf.’
    • ‘Occasionally they can see a mandarin or spotbill duck even a moose.’
    • ‘We skied where the only tracks in evidence were our own and those of an occasional moose.’


Early 17th century: from Eastern Abnaki mos.