\ ˈməsk How to pronounce musk (audio) \

Definition of musk

1a : a substance with a penetrating persistent odor obtained from a sac beneath the abdominal skin of the male musk deer and used as a perfume fixative also : a similar substance from another animal or a synthetic substitute
b : the odor of musk also : an odor resembling musk especially in heaviness or persistence
2 : any of various plants with musky odors especially : musk plant

Examples of musk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The base notes include iris, sandalwood, and white musk. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 3 July 2022 Tucked beneath the three top scents are hints of cinnamon, sandalwood, and musk for a touch of warmth and masculinity. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Hold on to the final days of summer with this markdown on a bottle of Vacation Eau de Toilette, which contains notes of coconut water, solar musk, salt, and more. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Aug. 2022 Saffron and the sweet musk of Indian long pepper perfume a dish that otherwise looks and comforts like Kraft shells and cheese. Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2022 Then don't forget to spike your bathtub with Philosophy's Amazing Grace Perfumed Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, a pink bubble bath gel that contains the same notes as the perfume it's based on, like bergamot, muguet blossoms, and musk. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 3 Aug. 2022 These floral fragrances are mixed with musk to create a lingering scent that is feminine and sensual. ELLE, 19 July 2022 Expect a burn time of 55 hours, that exudes not only the sweet rose fragrance but also hints of bergamot, lychee, cedarwood and white musk. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 3 July 2022 That’s the same effect Florentine Iris has on the senses, thanks to an A+ blend of powdery florals and musk. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of musk

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for musk

Middle English muske, from Middle French musc, from Late Latin muscus, from Late Greek moschos, from Middle Persian *mušk-, from Sanskrit muṣka testicle, from diminutive of mūṣ mouse; akin to Old English mūs mouse

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“Musk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition of musk

: a strong-smelling material that is used in perfumes and is obtained from a gland of an Asian deer ( musk deer ) or is prepared artificially

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