Musk meaning

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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.
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A greasy secretion with a powerful odour, produced in a glandular sac of the male musk deer and used in the manufacture of perfumes.
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A plant of the genus Muscari; grape hyacinth.
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A similar substance secreted by certain other animals, as the alligator or musk ox.
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The odor of any of these substances, now often created synthetically.
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Any of several plants having a musky scent.
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A similar secretion produced by the otter and the civet.
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A synthetic organic compound used as a substitute for the above.
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The odour of musk.
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The musk deer.
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The musk plant (Mimulus moschatus).
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A plant of the genus Erodium (E. moschatum); the musky heronsbill.
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To perfume with musk.
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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.

    From Wiktionary