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muskellunge

Syllabification: mus·kel·lunge
Pronunciation: /ˈməskəˌlənj
 
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Definition of muskellunge in English:

noun

A large pike that occurs only in the Great Lakes region. Also called maskinonge or lunge3.
  • Esox masquinongy, family Esocidae
Example sentences
  • Predatory fish in the ecozone include the lake sturgeon, brook trout, lake trout, northern pike, muskellunge, largemouth bass, sauger, and walleye.
  • A tiger muskie is a hybrid between a muskellunge and a northern pike.
  • Their close relative, the muskellunge, have scales covering only the upper half of their cheek and gill covers.

Origin

late 18th century: from Canadian French maskinongé, from Ojibwa māskinōs̆ē.

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