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A peat bog formed by an accumulation of sphagnum moss, leaves, and decayed matter, often with scattered small trees, and found especially in northern North America.
1. (Physical Geography) undrained boggy land characterized by sphagnum moss vegetation: vast areas of muskeg.
2. (Physical Geography) a bog or swamp of this nature
[C19: from Algonquian: grassy swamp]
a bog of N North America, commonly having sphagnum mosses, sedge, and stunted black spruce and tamarack trees.
[1815–25; < Cree maske·k < Proto-Algonquian *maškye·kwi swamp]