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mush 1

 (mŭsh, mo͝osh)
1. A thick porridge or pudding of cornmeal boiled in water or milk.
2. Something thick, soft, and pulpy.
3. Informal Mawkish sentimentality, affection, or amorousness.
tr.v. mushed, mush·ing, mush·es
To reduce to mush; mash or crush.

[Probably alteration of mash.]

mush 2

v. mushed, mush·ing, mush·es
To travel, especially over snow with a dogsled.
To drive (a dogsled or team of dogs).
A journey, especially by dogsled.
Used to command a team of dogs to begin pulling or move faster.

[Possibly alteration of French marchons, first person pl. imperative of marcher, to walk, go, from Old French; see march1.]

mush′er n.
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Noun1.musher - a traveler who drives (or travels with) a dog team
traveler, traveller - a person who changes location
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For three days Perrault and Francois threw chests up and down the main street of Skaguay and were deluged with invitations to drink, while the team was the constant centre of a worshipful crowd of dog-busters and mushers. Then three or four western bad men aspired to clean out the town, were riddled like pepper-boxes for their pains, and public interest turned to other idols.
For mushers brave enough to take on the challenge, the 1000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome can take anywhere from eight days to just short of two weeks.'
As of Friday, 51 mushers are traveling long stretches between remote village checkpoints with no other company but the dogs pulling their sleds.
Mushers are generally more relaxed here than they will be for the real thing.
Every March determined mushers and their teams of incredible animals traverse 1,000 miles of sweeping mountains, frozen rivers, dense forest, remote tundra, and windy coastline.
The Ceremonial Start is a spectator-friendly event where mushers and dogs interact with fans.
Aviemore's Sled Dog Rally, the largest event of its kind in the UK, with over 1000 sled dogs and 250 mushers. Features teams of between two and eight dogs pulling their musher on a sled around a four to seven mile trail.
He's completed a few 100-mile races as he prepares for the Super Bowl of mushers.
Temperatures are far below zero, visibility is a bonus, and mushers and dogs face long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs.
Spectators also had the chance to speak with mushers. 10.
On March 3rd, 67 mushers and their dogs lined up to race in the frigid Alaskan weather.
Women have been one-third of the mushers in the past few years, and girl are the majority of mushers in the Junior Iditarod.