One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American swamp or bog consisting of a mixture of water and partly dead vegetation, frequently covered by a layer of sphagnum or other mosses.
- ‘Of that land base, less than half is productive forestland, the balance made up of swamps, lakes, muskeg and rocks.’
- ‘They typically nest in sedge meadows, muskeg bogs, or coastal wetlands.’
- ‘At least 50,000 snakes overwinter in these dens every year, dispersing into the surrounding muskeg swampland during summer.’
- ‘Underneath the muskeg is a layer of sand, rock and overburden, a clay-like material.’
- ‘The lowlands of the island are blanketed with muskeg, a type of bog up to 3 feet deep with a hard crust on top.’
Early 19th century: from Cree.
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