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musk

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noun \ˈməsk\

Simple Definition of musk

  • : a strong-smelling substance used in perfume

Full Definition of musk

  1. 1 a :  a substance with a penetrating persistent odor obtained from a sac beneath the abdominal skin of the male musk deer and used as a perfume fixative; also :  a similar substance from another animal or a synthetic substitute b :  the odor of musk; also :  an odor resembling musk especially in heaviness or persistence

  2. 2 :  any of various plants with musky odors; especially :  musk plant

Origin of musk

Middle English muske, from Middle French musc, from Late Latin muscus, from Late Greek moschos, from Middle Persian *mušk-, from Sanskrit muṣka testicle, from diminutive of mūṣ mouse; akin to Old English mūs mouse


First Known Use: 14th century

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MUSK Defined for Kids

musk

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noun \ˈməsk\

Definition of musk

  1. :  a strong-smelling material that is used in perfumes and is obtained from a gland of an Asian deer (musk deer) or is prepared artificially




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