musk

noun \ ˈməsk \

Definition of musk

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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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MUSK Defined for English Language Learners

musk

noun

Definition of musk for English Language Learners

  • : a strong-smelling substance used in perfume


MUSK Defined for Kids

musk

noun \ ˈməsk \

Definition of musk for Students

: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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