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musk

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Pronunciation: /mʌsk
 
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Definition of musk in English:

noun

1 [mass noun] A strong-smelling reddish-brown substance which is secreted by the male musk deer for scent-marking and is an important ingredient in perfumery.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 (also musk plant) A relative of the monkey flower, formerly cultivated for a musky fragrance which has been lost in the development of modern varieties.
  • Genus Mimulus, family Scrophulariaceae: several species, in particular M. moschatus
Example sentences
  • 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.
2.1Australian see musk tree.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin muscus, from Persian mušk, perhaps from Sanskrit muṣka 'scrotum' (because of the similarity in shape of the sac on the abdomen of a male musk deer in which musk is produced).

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