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Meaning of MUSK

Pronunciation:  musk

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  1. [n]  the scent of musk
  2. [n]  an odorous glandular secretion from the male musk deer; used as a perfume fixative

MUSK is a 4 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: scent, secretion



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Musk\, n. [F. musc, L. muscus, Per. musk, fr. Skr. mushka
    testicle, orig., a little mouse. See {Mouse}, and cd.
    {Abelmosk}, {Muscadel}, {Muscovy duck}, {Nutmeg}.]
    1. A substance of a reddish brown color, and when fresh of
       the consistence of honey, obtained from a bag being behind
       the navel of the male musk deer. It has a slightly bitter
       taste, but is specially remarkable for its powerful and
       enduring odor. It is used in medicine as a stimulant
       antispasmodic. The term is also applied to secretions of
       various other animals, having a similar odor.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) The musk deer. See {Musk deer} (below).
    3. The perfume emitted by musk, or any perfume somewhat
    4. (Bot.)
       (a) The musk plant ({Mimulus moschatus}).
       (b) A plant of the genus {Erodium} ({E. moschatum}); --
           called also {musky heron's-bill}.
       (c) A plant of the genus {Muscari}; grape hyacinth.
    {Musk beaver} (Zo["o]l.), muskrat (1).
    {Musk beetle} (Zo["o]l.), a European longicorn beetle
       ({Aromia moschata}), having an agreeable odor resembling
       that of attar of roses.
    {Musk cat}. See {Bondar}.
    {Musk cattle} (Zo["o]l.), musk oxen. See {Musk ox} (below).
    {Musk deer} (Zo["o]l.), a small hornless deer ({Moschus
       moschiferus}), which inhabits the elevated parts of
       Central Asia. The upper canine teeth of the male are
       developed into sharp tusks, curved downward. The male has
       scent bags on the belly, from which the musk of commerce
       is derived. The deer is yellow or red-brown above, whitish
       below. The pygmy musk deer are chevrotains, as the kanchil
       and napu.
    {Musk duck}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The Muscovy duck.
       (b) An Australian duck ({Biziura lobata}).
    {Musk lorikeet} (Zo["o]l.), the Pacific lorikeet
       ({Glossopsitta australis}) of Australia.
    {Musk mallow} (Bot.), a name of two malvaceous plants:
       (a) A species of mallow ({Malva moschata}), the foliage of
           which has a faint musky smell.
       (b) An Asiatic shrub. See {Abelmosk}.
    {Musk orchis} (Bot.), a European plant of the Orchis family
       ({Herminium Minorchis}); -- so called from its peculiar
    {Musk ox} (Zo["o]l.), an Arctic hollow-horned ruminant
       ({Ovibos moschatus}), now existing only in America, but
       found fossil in Europe and Asia. It is covered with a
       thick coat of fine yellowish wool, and with long dark
       hair, which is abundant and shaggy on the neck and
       shoulders. The full-grown male weighs over four hundred
    {Musk parakeet}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Musk lorikeet} (above).
    {Musk pear} (Bot.), a fragrant kind of pear much resembling
       the Seckel pear.
    {Musk plant} (Bot.), the {Mimulus moschatus}, a plant found
       in Western North America, often cultivated, and having a
       strong musky odor.
    {Musk root} (Bot.), the name of several roots with a strong
       odor, as that of the nard ({Nardostachys Jatamansi}) and
       of a species of {Angelica}.
    {Musk rose} (Bot.), a species of rose ({Rosa moschata}),
       having peculiarly fragrant white blossoms.
    {Musk seed} (Bot.), the seed of a plant of the Mallow family
       ({Hibiscus moschatus}), used in perfumery and in
       flavoring. See {Abelmosk}.
    {Musk sheep} (Zo["o]l.), the musk ox.
    {Musk shrew} (Zo["o]l.), a shrew ({Sorex murinus}), found in
       India. It has a powerful odor of musk. Called also
       {sondeli}, and {mondjourou}.
    {Musk thistle} (Bot.), a species of thistle ({Carduus
       nutans}), having fine large flowers, and leaves smelling
       strongly of musk.
    {Musk tortoise}, {Musk turtle} (Zo["o]l.), a small American
       fresh-water tortoise ({Armochelys, or Ozotheca, odorata}),
       which has a distinct odor of musk; -- called also
  2. \Musk\, v. t.
    To perfume with musk.
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