[muhs-kuh-luhnj] /ˈmʌs kəˌlʌndʒ/

noun, plural muskellunges (especially collectively) muskellunge.
a large game fish, Esox masquinongy, of the pike family, found in the lakes and rivers of eastern and middle western North America.
noun (pl) -lunges, -longes, -nonges, -lunge, -longe, -nonge
a large North American freshwater game fish, Esox masquinongy: family Esocidae (pikes, etc) Often (informal) shortened to musky, muskie

“large North American pike,” 1789, from Algonquian (Ojibwa) maashkinoozhe; the second element kinoozhe “pike;” the first either mac “great,” maazh- “similar to,” or maazh- “ugly.” Altered by French folk etymology as masque allongé “long mask.” Called muskie for short (1894).


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