musk ox


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 Two football fields distant stands a musk ox, chewing on grass. Christopher Solomon, New York Times, "Exploring a Timeless Wilderness, Before the Drilling Begins," 13 Sep. 2019 All kinds of Alaska critters wander around the park: wood bison, bears, moose, elk, musk ox, lynx among others. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Playing tour guide this summer for visitors to Alaska? Here are some fun itineraries," 7 July 2018 Part of the farm's animal husbandry involves collecting the hair that's shed from musk ox undercoats each spring. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "A primer on Alaska animals and where to see them (safely)," 2 May 2018 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

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1744, in the meaning defined above

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

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