\ 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 This energetic Valentino scent stars citrus notes like Italian lemon alongside smooth musk. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 Tokyo Blue is named after Japan’s Insta-friendly Shibuya Cave Illuminations, and features top notes of bergamot, galbanum and ylang ylang; middle notes of violet leaf, orris, orange blossom and rose; and base notes of cedarwood and musk. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 19 July 2022 Fruity notes like fig, strawberry, and coconut water are paired with soft hints of sandalwood and crystal musk. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 7 July 2022 And at the base of the fragrance is blonde wood, sandalwood and musk to help ground the lighter top and middle notes. Kristin Corpuz, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 June 2022 This Trish McEvoy fragrance elevates fruity notes like blackberry and plum by balancing them with richer hints of woods, vanilla and musk. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 23 June 2022 The sweet and delicious aroma from the almonds is the primary fragrance note of this cologne and is balanced out with the addition of vanilla, white musk and cedarwood. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Its other notes include vetiver, cedar, red ginger and musk, all of which help to create a round and pleasant fragrance profile. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 23 June 2022 Harlem Nights from World of Chris Collins takes wearers to a speakeasy with notes of musk and rum that evoke cigars, top-shelf liquor and 1920s nightlife. Rachel Strugatz, New York Times, 23 June 2022 See More

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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 Aug. 2022.

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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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