A group of moose is called a “mob” or, less commonly, a “gang.” The word “mob” comes from the Latin mobile vulgus, meaning “the fickle crowd,” and was first used to describe the common people of Rome. The phrase “a mob” was first recorded in 1736, and has been used figuratively since at least 1755.
The word “moose” comes from the Algonquian Indian word mus, which means “twig eater.” The term was first recorded in 1625 by Samuel de Champlain and his party of French explorers who were searching for a route through the Appalachian Mountains when they encountered a group of large animals with long necks and short legs that they thought resembled deer. They called them mooses because their resemblance reminded them of the European reindeer known as mus.
A group of moose is called a herd. There are no standard plural forms for moose.
The word “moose” comes from the Algonquian word ‘mous’ which means “twig-eating animal.” The name was used by Native Americans to describe this large North American animal.
A moose’s antlers are shed each year and grow back in two months, making it one of the fastest growing antlers in the world.
Last modified: August 14, 2022