\ ˈmə-skē How to pronounce musky (audio) \
muskier; muskiest

Definition of musky

: having an odor of or resembling musk

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muskiness noun

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In order to obtain the earthy, musky depth that makes the plant so pliant for perfumers, the leaves must be dried for several days and then steam-distilled to capture the potency of their fragrance at its prime. April Long, Town & Country, "Jackie Kennedy's Unexpected Love of Patchouli," 28 July 2019 The rat room has a strong, musky smell, both sweet and foul. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019 The perfume has a surprisingly musky finish laced with sandalwood and creamy vanilla notes. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "KKW Beauty Is Launching Three New Fragrances Inspired by Kimojis in July [UPDATE]," 13 July 2018 First off, there is no label — because these are meant to be displayed on your coffee table or mantel, not relegated to whatever musky corner needs freshening up. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You're Going To Be Obsessed With Amber Interiors' New Candles," 11 Sep. 2018 Money in the fancy buildings, the crystal glasses, and musky cigar smell. Rudy Mageo, The Root, "It Takes Heart to Fight: What Boxing Taught Me About White Supremacy," 31 May 2018 Those budding branches are intense on their own, musky and herbaceous with an astringent smack befitting the name. Craig Laban,, "A worthy destination in the heart of Cambodia Town," 11 May 2018 Vetiver's a hard word to conjure a smell, but imagine something that's deep, musky sweet, and hard to put down. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Kim Kardashian Finally Revealed That Perfume Bottle Made From a Mold of Her Body," 26 Apr. 2018 For the Outdoorsman Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot Rich Extract Oud wood is a favorite ingredient in men’s cologne because of its mossy, musky scent. Garrett Munce, GQ, "The Best Colognes for Men to Wear This Spring," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of musky

1580, in the meaning defined above

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\ ˈmə-skē How to pronounce musky (audio) \
muskier; muskiest

Kids Definition of musky

: having an odor of or resembling musk musky perfume

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