muskellunge

/mus"keuh lunj'/, n., pl. muskellunges, (esp. 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.
[1780-90, Amer.; earlier muskinunge, masquenongez (F sp.), etc., < CanF maskinongé < Ojibwa ma·skino·se·, ma·skino·se· (equiv. to Proto-Algonquian *mya·si similar to, kind of + *kenwesye·wa northern pike)]

* * *

Species (Esox masquinongy) of somewhat uncommon pike valued as a fighting game fish and, to a lesser extent, as a food fish.

It inhabits weedy rivers and lakes of the North American Great Lakes region. It averages about 20 lbs (9 kg), but may grow to 6 ft (1.8 m) long and weigh 80 lbs (36 kg) or more, making it the largest fish in the pike family. The lower part of the cheeks and the gill covers are scaleless.

* * *

fish
 (species Esox masquinongy), solitary and somewhat uncommon pike valued as a fighting game fish and, to a lesser extent, as a food fish. It inhabits weedy rivers and lakes of the North American Great Lakes region. Largest of the pike family (Esocidae) the muskellunge averages about 9 kg (20 pounds) in weight but may be 1.8 m (6 feet) long and weigh 36 kg (80 pounds) or more. It is recognized by the elongate body and by the absence of scales on the lower part of the cheeks and gill covers. See also pike.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Muskellunge — Conservation status Least Concern ( …   Wikipedia

  • Muskellunge — (Esox masquinongy) Systematik Kohorte: Euteleosteomorpha Unterkohorte …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • muskellunge — ☆ muskellunge [mus′kēmus′kə lunj΄ ] n. pl. muskellunge [Ojibwa maaskinoozhe < maazh , similar to + ginoozhe, northern pike] a very large pike (Esox masquinongy) of the Great Lakes and upper Mississippi drainages, valued as a game and food fish …   English World dictionary

  • Muskellunge — Mus kel*lunge, n. [From the Amer. Indian name.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large American pike ({Esox masquinongy} formerly {Esox nobilior}) found in the Great Lakes, and other Northern lakes, and in the St. Lawrence River. It is valued as a food fish.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • muskellunge — (n.) 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • muskellunge — noun (plural muskellunge) Etymology: alteration of Canadian French maskinongé, from Ojibwa ma•skino•še• Date: 1777 a large North American pike (Esox masquinongy) that has dark markings, may weigh over 60 pounds (27 kilograms), and is a valuable… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • muskellunge — amerikinė didžioji lydeka statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Esox masquinongy angl. maskinonge; muskellunge rus. щука маскинонг ryšiai: platesnis terminas – lydekos …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • muskellunge — noun A large freshwater gamefish of the pike family, native to the lakes and rivers of eastern and middle western North America. Syn: muskie, maskinonge …   Wiktionary

  • Muskellunge — Muskel|lunge,   Esox masquinọngy, größte Art der Hechte in Nordamerika (u. a. im Mississippigebiet), bis 2 m lang, bis 50 kg schwer; die Bestände sind gefährdet …   Universal-Lexikon

  • muskellunge — mæskɪ lÉ‘ndÊ’ / lÉ’n n. large pike fish native to the Great Lakes of North America and surrounding rivers …   English contemporary dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.