musk ox

noun

: a heavyset, shaggy-coated, bovid mammal (Ovibos moschatus) of tundra regions of Greenland, Canada, and Alaska with the males producing a strong musky odor from glands beneath the eyes

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Examples of musk ox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the bear killed one musk ox, the other six fled—and, with them, the entire reason for the Zimovs’ perilous voyage. Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 July 2024 Ungava Polar Eco-Tours From musk ox sightings to some of the highest tidal elevations, Quebec's northernmost regions offer unparalleled natural immersion. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 Those pieces include a cougar, a bison, a few deer, and a musk ox. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 1 Feb. 2024 So far, the park is home to reindeer, yakutian horses, moose, bison, musk ox, kalmykian cows, sheep, camels and goats. Gabe Allen, Discover Magazine, 27 Dec. 2023 There, visitors will be able to spot wildlife from polar bears to musk ox and caribou, as well as experience some of the highest tidal elevations in the world. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 News Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Monday killed a musk ox that was posing a threat to the public in Kotzebue, troopers’ spokesperson John Dougherty said. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2023 Musk oxen rarely attack humans, but in December 2022, an employee of Alaska’s Department of Public Safety was killed in Nome in an encounter with a musk ox. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2023 On Monday, morning, troopers received multiple calls about the musk ox in Kotzebue. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1744, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of musk ox was in 1744

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“Musk ox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/musk%20ox. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

musk ox

noun
: a large shaggy-coated wild ox native to Greenland, Canada and Alaska with the males producing a strong odor similar to musk from glands below the eyes
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