musk ox

noun

Definition of musk ox 

: 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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The species at the heart of this year's work includes musk ox, penguins, snow leopards, saki and muriqui monkeys as well as the health of the oceans and aquatic species as a whole. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Monkeys and musk ox — Indy Zoo names six finalists for leading animal conservation award," 6 Feb. 2018 The musk ox on the farm are descendants of animals captured in northern Canada in the 1950s. Bob Hallinen, Anchorage Daily News, "Musk ox mothers and newborns get acquainted in Palmer," 4 May 2018 Early evidence with extant species such as musk ox, reindeer and horse suggests animal presence is changing the park landscape structure and cooling the ground. Paul Mann, Smithsonian, "Can Bringing Back Mammoths Help Stop Climate Change?," 14 May 2018 Ryan walked five hundred miles across the Arctic, alone, and chased migrating musk ox in an attempt to gather qiviut, and revolutionized the mushroom-foraging industry by applying data analysis and technology no mushroom forager had ever used. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 Founded by Russian geophysicist Sergei Zimov, the 16 square-kilometer park is filled with around 100 animals roaming free including bison, musk ox, moose, yaks, horses and reindeer. Paul Mann, Smithsonian, "Can Bringing Back Mammoths Help Stop Climate Change?," 14 May 2018 Now in its 25th year, the center has over 200 acres of habitat for the animals — including moose, wood bison, deer, elk, birds of prey, musk ox, coyotes and reindeer. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "A primer on Alaska animals and where to see them (safely)," 2 May 2018 In a warming landscape, pregnant female musk oxen may struggle to find enough food for their unborn calves, the researchers found. Author: Carl Zimmer, Anchorage Daily News, "In the Arctic, more rain may mean fewer musk oxen," 19 Jan. 2018 The small Arctic Ocean community of Utqiagvik, on the northern coast of Alaska, is used to polar bears, caribou, and even musk ox visiting their landing strip; however, this is the first time a seal has ever made an appearance. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "A 450-Pound Seal Blocked the Runway at an Alaskan Airport," 27 Oct. 2017

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1744, in the meaning defined above

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musk ox

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: a shaggy animal like an ox found in Greenland and northern North America

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