\ ˈməsk \

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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Both new perfumes are inspired by the 1960s, but Fleur de Peau is an ode to musk, with a hint of pink peppercorn. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "A Perfume Professional on What Happiness Smells Like," 2 Apr. 2018 The key note is obviously musk, which smells like a barbershop from the bottle. Brennan Kilbane, GQ, "The 4 Best Lightweight Colognes That Won't Overpower Your Coworkers," 10 May 2018 The smell of sweet temptation 🍒 KIMOJI CHERRY includes notes of juicy red cherry, luscious raspberry, sweet strawberry, cherry blossom, gardenia petals, vanilla, woods and musk. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Is Dropping Three New Perfumes Inspired By Her Kimojis," 9 July 2018 Tame flyaways and hydrate fried ends while moisturizing and illuminating your skin, all with this standout body oil with a beautiful fragrance that combines rose, bergamot, lychee, woods, and white musk. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "In Defense of "Festival Beauty," Even for People Who Hate Music Festivals," 25 Apr. 2018 The new scent is a summery citrus one that’s reminiscent of Capri with notes of lemon, apple, white rose, and musk. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "David Gandy Loves the Smell of Petrol, Figs, and Dogs," 9 July 2018 The scents ends on the mellow notes of white musk and vetiver. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Just Launched Three Unisex Fragrances That Will Change The Way You Think About Chanel Perfume," 21 June 2018 Like Ouai’s arsenal of human hair products, it’ll be fragranced with the white musk and Italian lemon signature scent. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "The Kardashians’ Hairstylist Is Releasing $28 Dog Shampoo," 2 July 2018 In perfume speak, the scent’s three base notes are ambrette (present in J’Adore by Dior), ambrox (used in Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana), and musk ( like CK One by Calvin Klein). Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Glossier Is Launching a Solid Perfume," 5 Feb. 2018

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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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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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