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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Recent Examples on the Web Nearly 300 comments followed from people claiming, among other things, to have milked a musk ox, dined with a former German chancellor and dropped a flashbang down a porta-potty vent tube. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The pandemic robbed Ira Edwards of his annual ‘I’m Glad I’m Alive’ party, but it can’t slow him down," 6 Dec. 2020 Trebek's favorite animal was the musk ox, a hoofed wooly mammal native to the Arctic. Julia M. Chan, CNN, "Alex Trebek supported many causes. These were some of his favorites," 8 Nov. 2020 Our one reward in the game department was a lone musk ox bull, a fairly rare sight. Philip Caputo, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Old Man and the Mountains," 22 Nov. 2020 Previous research has largely focused on mammoths, as well as bison and musk ox, which thrived in the cold grasslands called tundra steppes. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Mastodons migrated across extreme distances due to climate change, study says," 1 Sep. 2020 This nonprofit sanctuary provides large-enclosure spaces for orphaned and rehabilitating Alaska animals such as bears, moose, musk ox and caribou, and is open year-round. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, "Your guide to an epic Seward Highway road trip," 28 May 2020 Village officials will greet him at the town’s airstrip and bring him to the school, where community members will bring traditional food, which could include seal, walrus, moose or musk ox. Time, "On the Edge of America, 2020 Census Begins in Tiny Alaska Town," 21 Jan. 2020 After the count, a celebration is planned at Nelson Island School, and will include local Alaska Native dancers and traditional food, which could include seal, walrus, musk ox and moose. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, "Toksook Bay elder will be first person counted in 2020 US census," 21 Jan. 2020 Village officials will greet him at the town’s airstrip and bring him to the school, where community members will bring traditional food, which could include seal, walrus, moose or musk ox. Time, "On the Edge of America, 2020 Census Begins in Tiny Alaska Town," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of musk ox

1744, in the meaning defined above

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16 Dec 2020

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“Musk ox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/musk%20ox. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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musk ox

noun

Kids Definition of musk ox

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

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