Origin of musk
- Middle English from Old French musc from Late Latin muscus from Greek moskhos from Persian mušk probably from Sanskrit muṭkaḥ testicle mūs- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Late Latin muscus, from Ancient Greek μόσχος (moskhos), from Middle Persian *muÅ¡k; compare Persian مشک (muÅ¡k). Ultimately from Sanskrit मुष्क (muá¹£ka, “testicle"), the shape of the gland being similar.