\ ˈməsk How to pronounce musk (audio) \

Definition of musk

1a : 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 : any of various plants with musky odors especially : musk plant

Examples of musk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are also specific technical challenges for each musk's formula and application. John Cumbers, Forbes, 12 May 2021 The smell of musk and body odor still lingered in the rooms once inhabited by American troops when the Afghan soldiers came to retrieve anything left behind. New York Times, 13 May 2021 Natural musk is a byproduct of animal and plant secretion. John Cumbers, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Carby Musk, the scent that is said to smell like Drake, is made from a soy blend that contains notes of musk, amber, cashmere, suede and velvet. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, 9 May 2021 Desert Rose is a light and creamy scent with a hint of musk and notes of pink peppercorn and tuberose. Katie Intner, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Apr. 2021 The latter fragrance, in a smooth-contoured bottle, was a blend of pure musk and animality, primal as the fossilized DNA of our species preserved in amber. New York Times, 10 May 2021 Despite her fright there was a heavy undertone of musk: the dim lighting, the sinister yet sensual score, the way the camera lingered on the girl's chest, heaving in a strapless gingham dress. Ew Staff,, 4 May 2021 The notes are layered such that the drydown reveals new facets as time progresses, moving from a peppery rose and iris blend to a deep musk over several hours for an experience that plays out like a slow seduction. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of musk

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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“Musk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of musk

: a strong-smelling substance used in perfume


\ ˈməsk How to pronounce musk (audio) \

Kids Definition of musk

: 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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