musk deer


: any of a genus (Moschus) of small heavy-limbed hornless deer of central Asian uplands with tusked musk-producing males

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Over the past fifty years, there have been efforts in China to raise the endangered Alpine musk deer (Moschus sifanicus) on farms. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2014 Siberian Ibex wander here, along with musk deer feeding on the lichenous rocks and brown bears that follow the retreating snow fields in spring. Paul Cooper, Discover Magazine, 7 June 2018 By the beginning of this century, however, musk deer populations had been hunted to precariously low levels, and the animal had disappeared altogether across large parts of its original Himalayan range. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2014 In its earliest form, musk was made from natural secretions of the male musk deer, says François-Raphaël Balestra, principal perfumer and director of New Ingredients Discovery at Swiss fragrance house Firmenich. ELLE, 30 Apr. 2022 Not everyone is optimistic about the musk deer’s future. The Editors, Outside Online, 6 Nov. 2014 On page 98, the annex says that on December 7, 2019, samples were collected from 69 kinds of animals including macaques, forest musk deer, porcupines and bamboo rats. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 25 May 2021 In the 1600s, an Armenian merchant started poking around, looking for musk, an incredibly lucrative perfume ingredient that came from glandular secretions of Tibetan musk deer. New York Times, 5 Jan. 2021 The Akron Zoo recently welcomed a baby Siberian musk deer, the second fawn born at the zoo in less than a year. Robin Goist,, 21 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of musk deer was in 1673

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“Musk deer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

musk deer

: any or several small hornless deers that live in the high regions of central Asia with the males producing musk

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