Definition of moschatel in English:

moschatel

Line breaks: mos|cha¦tel
Pronunciation: /ˌmɒskəˈtɛl
 
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noun

  • A small plant of north temperate regions, with pale green musk-scented flowers which grow at right angles to each other, forming five sides of a cube.
    • Adoxa moschatellina, family Adoxaceae
    More example sentences
    • The woodland areas are dominated by ash, oak, birch and hazel with an interesting ground flora including dog's mercury, wood anemone and moschatel.
    • The flora is suggestive in places of old oak woodland with goldilocks, buttercup, moschatel, bugle and wood sedge.
    • The fact that the site is located in such a steeply sided incised valley and the presence of certain indicator species such as moschatel suggest that it could be ancient semi-natural woodland.

Origin

mid 18th century: from French moscatelle, from Italian moscatella, from moscato 'musk'.

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