- a substance with a strong, penetrating odor, obtained from a small sac (musk bag) under the skin of the abdomen in the male musk deer: used as the basis of numerous perfumes
- a similar substance secreted by certain other animals, as the alligator or musk ox
- the odor of any of these substances, now often created synthetically
- any of several plants having a musky scent
Origin of muskOld French musc ; from Late Latin muscus ; from Classical Greek moschos ; from Persian mušk, musk ; from Sanskrit mu?ka, testicle, diminutive of mus, mouse
- a. A greasy secretion with a powerful odor, produced in a glandular sac in the abdomen of a male musk deer and used in traditional medicines and formerly in the manufacture of perfumes.b. A similar secretion produced by certain other animals, such as an otter or civet.c. A synthetic chemical resembling natural musk in odor or use.
- a. The odor of musk.b. An odor similar to musk.
Origin of muskMiddle English, from Old French musc, from Late Latin muscus, from Greek moskhos, from Persian mušk, probably from Sanskrit mu&slowdot;ka&hlowdot;, testicle; see m&umacron;s- in Indo-European roots.
- A greasy secretion with a powerful odour, produced in a glandular sac of the male musk deer and used in the manufacture of perfumes.
- A similar secretion produced by the otter and the civet.
- A synthetic organic compound used as a substitute for the above.
- The odour of musk.
- The musk deer.
- The musk plant (Mimulus moschatus).
- A plant of the genus Erodium (E. moschatum); the musky heronsbill.
- A plant of the genus Muscari; grape hyacinth.
(third-person singular simple present musks, present participle musking, simple past and past participle musked)
- To perfume with musk.
From Late Latin muscus, from Ancient Greek Î¼ÏŒÏƒÏ‡Î¿Ï‚ (moskhos), from Middle Persian *muÅ¡k; compare Persian Ù…Ø´Ú© (muÅ¡k). Ultimately from Sanskrit à¤®à¥à¤·à¥à¤• (muá¹£ka, “testicle"), the shape of the gland being similar.