Definition of Muskellunge

1. Noun. Flesh of very large North American pike; a game fish.

Group relationships: Esox Masquinongy
Generic synonyms: Pike

2. Noun. Large (60 to 80 pounds) sport fish of North America.
Exact synonyms: Esox Masquinongy
Generic synonyms: Pike

Definition of Muskellunge

1. n. A large American pike (Esox nobilior) found in the Great Lakes, and other Northern lakes, and in the St. Lawrence River. It is valued as a food fish.

Definition of Muskellunge

1. Noun. A large freshwater gamefish of the pike family, native to the lakes and rivers of eastern and middle western North America. ¹

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Definition of Muskellunge


Medical Definition of Muskellunge

1. A large American pike (Esox nobilitor) found in the Great Lakes, and other Northern lakes, and in the St. Lawrence River. It is valued as a food fish. Alternative forms: maskallonge, maskinonge, muskallonge, muskellonge, and muskelunjeh. Origin: From the Amer. Indian name. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Muskellunge

musk mallow
musk melon
musk ox
musk rose
musk sheep
musk shrew
musk thistle
musk turtle
muskeag moss
muskellunge (current term)
musket ball

Literary usage of Muskellunge

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1. The Book of the Pike by Onnie Warren Smith (1922)
"CHAPTER X muskellunge and Artificial Lures "A long, slim, strong, and swift fish, in every way fitted to the life it leads, that of a dauntless marauder. ..."

2. A Manual of Fish-culture: Based on the Methods of the United States by United States Bureau of Fisheries, John J. Brice, Henry Frank Moore, Frederick M. Chamberlain (1897)
"... being 150 days with the water at 33° F. The sac is absorbed in 10 to 20 days. THE muskellunge. The muskellunge (Lucius masquinongy) is ..."

3. Science of Fishing: The Most Practical Book on Fishing Ever Published by Arthur Robert Harding (1912)
"Pike, Pickerel, muskellunge, and Pike-Perch. XCEPT for the last named fish in the title of this chapter, all of those named belong to one family, ..."

4. The American Angler's Guide: Or, Complete Fisher's Manual, for the United by John Jay Brown (1857)
"The following description of the muskellunge is taken from the New York Fauna. Body cylindrical, elongate, somewhat quadrate; scales thin, small, orbicular, ..."

5. Practical Bait Casting by Larry St. John (1918)
"From the Great Lakes muskellunge it differs in having the body entirely ... Specimens showing the dark cross-shades are usually called "tiger muskellunge. ..."

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