musk

noun
\ 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

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Polar bear maternity ward: Located above the Arctic Circle at the edge of the Chukchi Sea, Russia’s Wrangel Island is a haven for all sorts of wildlife, from arctic foxes and snowy owls to reindeer, walruses, and shaggy musk oxen. National Geographic, "Fun Facts About the Bering and Chukchi Seas," 26 Mar. 2019 Daisy Love — the fragrance — is much more complex; in addition to the cloudberries, the floral-meets-gourmand scent features notes of petals from the daisy tree, and a dry down of driftwood and cashmere musks. Marci Robin, Allure, "Marc Jacobs Beauty Launches Enamored Lip Gloss Inspired by the New Daisy Love Fragrance," 8 Aug. 2018 The latest scent from the women-owned and -operated brand smells like juicy grapefruit, black currant, and floral lily of the valley, with a rich base of cedar wood and musk. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "A Scent That Captures the Essence of New York," 9 May 2018 Perfumania also has the DL on the fragrance notes: top notes of red berries, plum, and peach; mid notes of hibiscus flower, violet, tuberose, and coconut water; and base notes of vanilla, patchouli, amber, and musk. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Rihanna Just Dropped Reb'l Fleur Love Always, a Remix of Her Very First Fragrance," 29 Aug. 2018 The notes include watermelon, bergamot, juicy pineapple, apple blossom, peony petals, fresh jasmine, cedarwood, sunkissed amber, and musk. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Kim Kardashian's New KKW Fragrance Kimoji Perfumes Really Smell Like," 17 July 2018 The scent also has a trail of vanilla, coconut, and musk. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Aerin Lauder’s New Perfume Smells Like a Tropical Getaway," 8 Feb. 2018 The campaign will identify products that are made without ingredients like surfactants (chemicals used to help clean and create suds) SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, musks, or mineral oil. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Sephora Is Launching a ‘Clean’ Beauty Section," 11 May 2018 For such moments, Beattie splashes her claw foot tub with her own Warm Body Oil, a sweet almond–oil concoction with an escapist fragrance—suntan lotion with a dash of musk—inspired by childhood beach days and more recent road trips. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "From Luxurious Oils to Detoxing Soaks, How to Take the Perfect Winter Bath," 9 Jan. 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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musk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of musk

: a strong-smelling substance used in perfume

musk

noun
\ 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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