Definition of musk in English:

musk

Syllabification: musk
Pronunciation: /məsk
 
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noun

  • 1A strong-smelling reddish-brown substance that is secreted by the male musk deer for scent-marking and is an important ingredient in perfumery.
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    • The preference for this specific cologne may have something to do with one particular ingredient: musk.
    • In China, these deer are now bred in captivity so that their musk can be harvested.
    • Even the lightest, most flowery perfumes contain a trace of musk.
  • 1.1A secretion similar to musk from another animal: civets habitually deposit tiny amounts of musk
  • 2 (also musk plant or musk flower) A relative of the monkey flower that was formerly cultivated for its musky perfume, which has been lost in the development of modern varieties.
    • Genus Mimulus, family Scrophulariaceae: several species, in particular M. moschatus
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    • With two-thirds of an acre to tend, I stopped growing high-maintenance hybrid teas and turned to rugosas and hybrid musks - they're much easier and very satisfying alternatives.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin muscus, from Persian mušk, perhaps from Sanskrit muṣka 'scrotum' (because of the similarity in shape of a musk deer's musk bag).

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