from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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.
- noun A similar secretion produced by certain other animals, such as an otter or civet.
- noun A synthetic chemical resembling natural musk in odor or use.
- noun The odor of musk.
- noun An odor similar to musk.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To perfume with musk.
- noun An odoriferous substance secreted by the male musk-deer, Moschus moschiferus. See
- noun A kind of artificial musk made by the action of nitric acid upon oil of amber.
- noun 3. The smell of musk, or a smell resembling it; an aromatic smell; a perfume.
- noun Same as
musk-plant, in both senses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To perfume with musk.
- noun A substance of a reddish brown color, and when fresh of the consistency 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.
- noun (Zoöl.) The musk deer. See Musk deer (below).
- noun The perfume emitted by musk, or any perfume somewhat similar.
- noun The musk plant (
- noun A plant of the genus Erodium (
Erodium moschatum); -- called also musky heron's-bill.
- noun A plant of the genus Muscari; grape hyacinth.
- noun (Zoöl.) muskrat (1).
- noun (Zoöl.) a European longicorn beetle (
Aromia moschata), having an agreeable odor resembling that of attar of roses.
- noun See
- noun (Zoöl.) musk oxen. See Musk ox (below).
- noun (Zoöl.) 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.
- noun (Zoöl.) An Australian duck (
- noun (Zoöl.) the Pacific lorikeet (
Glossopsitta australis) of Australia.
- noun (Bot.) An Asiatic shrub. See
- noun (Bot.) a European plant of the Orchis family (
Herminium Minorchis); -- so called from its peculiar scent.
- noun (Zoöl.) 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 pounds.
- noun (Zoöl.) Same as Musk lorikeet (above).
- noun (Bot.) a fragrant kind of pear much resembling the Seckel pear.
- noun (Bot.) the
Mimulus moschatus, a plant found in Western North America, often cultivated, and having a strong musky odor.
- noun (Bot.) the name of several roots with a strong odor, as that of the nard (
Nardostachys Jatamansi) and of a species of Angelica.
- noun (Bot.) a species of rose (
Rosa moschata), having peculiarly fragrant white blossoms.
- noun (Bot.) the seed of a plant of the Mallow family (
Hibiscus moschatus), used in perfumery and in flavoring. See Abelmosk.
- noun (Zoöl.) the musk ox.
- noun (Zoöl.) a shrew (
Sorex murinus), found in India. It has a powerful odor of musk. Called also sondeli, and mondjourou.
- noun (Bot.) a species of thistle (
Carduus nutans), having fine large flowers, and leaves smelling strongly of musk.
- noun (Zoöl.) a small American fresh-water tortoise (
Armochelys odoratasyn. Ozotheca odorata), which has a distinct odor of musk; -- called also stinkpot.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
greasy secretionwith a powerful odour, produced in a glandular sacof the male musk deerand used in the manufactureof perfumes.
- noun A similar secretion produced by the
otterand the civet.
- noun A
synthetic organic compoundused as a substitutefor the above.
- noun The
- noun The musk deer.
- verb transitive To
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the scent of a greasy glandular secretion from the male musk deer
- noun an odorous glandular secretion from the male musk deer; used as a perfume fixative
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Now Mahbubah had written upon her cheek, in musk, the
Khalif, followed by cup-bearer lads like moons, belted with zones of gold, who spread a cloth of siglaton301 and set thereon flagons of chinaware and tall flasks of glass and cups of crystal and bottles and hanaps302 of all colours; and those flagons they filled with pure clear and old wine, whose scent was as the fragrance of virgin musk and it was even as saith the poet,
The fragrance of musk from the breasts of the fair, viii.
So she sealed the letter with virgin musk and incensed it with Nadd-scent and ambergris, after which she committed it to a certain of the merchants saying, Deliver it not to any save to Zayn al-Mawasif or to her handmaid
So she brought me a tankard of red gold, set with pearls and gems of price, full of water mingled with virgin musk and covered with a napkin of green silk, and I addressed myself to drink and was long about my drinking, for I stole glances at her the while, till I could prolong my stay no longer.
The fragrance of musk from the breasts of the fair
Even on sunny days, harsh winds can sweep across the tundra, closing the highway to all but herds of coastal plain musk ox.
When studying the natural odorants occurring in musk and civet, muscone and civetone, little known until then, Ruzicka obtained fundamentally new and surprising results during the years
It is sometimes known as the musk ox and occasionally as the musk bison.
The Tree-Dwellers Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
For then he leaps up to catch the musk, which is the blessing of God upon his prayer.
Poetry for Cats 2010