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 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, 28 June 2021 This nonprofit complex 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, 28 June 2021 That musk ox was perhaps the last of the Alaska population. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 3 July 2021 The episode was about a musk ox Carabajal presented through a partnership with the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 20 June 2021 The oil — ever-present in households dotting Alaska coastlines — is used mainly as a dipping sauce for fish, caribou and musk ox. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Feb. 2021 The oil — ever-present in households dotting Alaska coastlines — is used mainly as a dipping sauce for fish, caribou and musk ox. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Feb. 2021 The oil — ever-present in households dotting Alaska coastlines — is used mainly as a dipping sauce for fish, caribou and musk ox. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Feb. 2021 The oil — ever-present in households dotting Alaska coastlines — is used mainly as a dipping sauce for fish, caribou and musk ox. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of musk ox

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 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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