abel·​mosk | \ ˈābəlˌmäsk \
variants: or less commonly abelmusk \ -​ˌməsk \
plural -s

Definition of abelmosk

: a bushy herb (Abelmoschus moschatus synonym Hibiscus moschatus) of tropical Asia often cultivated for its showy, usually creamy yellow flowers with deep purple centers and musky-scented seeds — see ambrette sense 2b

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First Known Use of abelmosk

1719, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abelmosk

borrowed from New Latin abelmosch, borrowed from Arabic ḥabb al misk, literally, “seeds of the musk”

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“Abelmosk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abelmosk. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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