\ 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 Probably to the average person who has not been deprived of scent through imprisonment in a scentless Hub would be really troubled by the, ah, musk of this person. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Made For Love Recap: Walk the Walk," 1 Apr. 2021 Notes include mandarin, ginger blossom, vanilla orchid, musk, praline, and amberwood. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Oscar de la Renta Just Launched a New Fragrance, Alibi," 15 Mar. 2021 Melrose Place fragrance, which holds notes of bergamot, lychee, cedarwood and white musk. Victoria Moorhouse, Forbes, "10 Clarifying Shampoos That Will Leave Your Hair And Scalp Feeling Super Clean," 1 Mar. 2021 The Magnifying Essences—bergamot, rose, patchouli, vanilla, and musk—can be combined with any of the Parfums, or worn on their own, with the idea being that playfulness will drive self-expression and bring joy. April Long, Town & Country, "Bulgari's New Allegra Perfume Collection Will Spark Joy," 16 Feb. 2021 The newest and most popular blend, sandalwood, is scented with notes of leather, musk, spice, cedarwood, smoke, and cardamom crafted with a blend of safflower oil, green tea extract, glycerin and inner leaf aloe vera. Necee Regis,, "Pop-up igloos at Ocean Edge Resort, a car rental app comes to Boston, and Club Med debuts in Canada," 17 Feb. 2021 Ylang-ylang plant extract and essential oil combine with jasmine, chamomile, and musk to create a soothing, floral scent. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Best Soy Candles for a Clean, Long-Lasting Scent," 22 Jan. 2021 Ringtails also secrete a foul-smelling musk to defend themselves and are known to mark their territory with poop. René A. Guzman,, "Ringtails, a catlike creature with the head of a fox, on the rise in San Antonio’s Stone Oak as sprawl takes over their habitat," 19 Jan. 2021 Per Stereogum, May has become the latest celebrity perfumer by launching a scent called Save Me, which contains a mix of earthy ingredients such as gardenia, jasmine, sandalwood, and musk. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Another One Buys the Brian May Badger Perfume," 11 Jan. 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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The first known use of musk was in the 14th century

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“Musk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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