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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 Its scent is complex and exciting; the musk of real black truffle is unmistakable. Soleil Ho,, "Tsuta’s Michelin-starred ramen loses traction in San Francisco," 16 Jan. 2020 The nutty substitute adds an extra lick of creaminess to Killian Hennessy's newest formula, which boasts seven different types of musk for that 'your skin, but sultrier' effect. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Beauty Editors Share Their Signature Winter Fragrances," 3 Dec. 2019 This deodorant comes unscented or with scents like citrus and herbal musk, coconut and vanilla, and cranberry and plum. Leeron Horry, Popular Science, "Aluminum-free deodorants that work," 25 Oct. 2019 The Florida version is fragranced with a blend of citrus, bergamot, vanilla, and amber musk that will no doubt bring back scentsational memories of time spent in the Sunshine State 6. Reviewed Staff And Laura Jazmin Tolliver, USA TODAY, "Holiday gift guide: 10 unique, oh-so-Florida picks for your friends and family," 4 Dec. 2019 The Wild Woodlands candle is made of a blend of fir needles and cedar-wood, as well as amber, musk, patchouli and clove. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "Best 18 relaxation gifts and stress-relieving gifts of 2019," 25 Nov. 2019 Acqua di Parma Signatures of the Sun in Oud shines with rich complexity thanks to top notes of leather, orange, sandalwood and musk; $270, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills or at Meg Hemphill, The Hollywood Reporter, "6 Woodsy Scents for All Genders," 30 Oct. 2019 Notes include Italian bergamot, something called Sparkling Pink Puff Violet Accord, tuberose, jasmine, sweet lilac blossom, and musks and woods. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are Releasing KKW Fragrances With Sister Kim," 29 Oct. 2019 For $120, Diptyque offers brooches in Eau Rose, Do Son, and Fleur de Peau (exclusive to, a musk and iris fragrance. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Diptyque Turned Its Popular Fragrances into Perfumed Stickers, Bracelets, and Brooches — I Tried Them All," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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10 Feb 2020

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“Musk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of musk

: a strong-smelling substance used in perfume


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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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