wordswarm.net: free dictionary lookup
Wordswarms From Years Past


13-Letter Words
12-Letter Words
11-Letter Words
10-Letter Words
9-Letter Words
8-Letter Words
7-Letter Words
6-Letter Words
5-Letter Words
4-Letter Words
3-Letter Words


Adjacent Words

musicianship
musicogenic epilepsy
musicological
musicologically
musicologist
musicology
Musicomania
Musimon
Musing
musingly
Musit
musjid
musk beaver
Musk beetle
Musk cat
Musk cattle
musk clover
musk crowfoot
musk deer
musk duck
musk hog
musk kangaroo
Musk lorikeet
musk mallow
Musk orchis
musk ox

Musk definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MUSK, n. [L. muscus; Gr.musk, and moss.] A strong scented substance obtained from a cyst or bag near the navel of the Thibet musk [Moschus moschiferus,] an animal that inhabits the Asiatic Alps, especially the Altaic chain. This animal is a little more than three feet in length; the head resembles that of the roe,the fur is coarse, like that of the cervine race, but thick, erect, smooth and soft. It has no horns, but the male has two long tusks, one on each side, projecting from the mouth. The female is smaller than the male and has neither tusks nor follicle. The cyst of the male is about the size of a hen's egg, oval, flat on one side and rounded on the other, having a small orifice. This contains a clotted, oily, friable matter of a dark brown color, which is the true musk, one of the strongest odors or perfumes in nature. We give the name to the substance and to the animal.
MUSK, n. Grape-hyacinth or grape-flower.
MUSK, v.t. To perfume with musk.
MUSK'-APPLE, n. A particular kind of apple.
MUSK'-CAT, n. The musk which see.
MUSK'-CHERRY, n. A kind of cherry.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English muske, from Middle French musc, from Late Latin muscus, from Late Greek moschos, from Middle Persian *mušk-, from Sanskrit mu?ka testicle, from diminutive of m?? mouse; akin to Old English m?s mouse Date: 14th century 1. a. a substance with a penetrating persistent odor obtained from a sac beneath the abdominal skin of the male musk deer and used as a perfume fixative; also a similar substance from another animal or a synthetic substitute b. the odor of musk; also an odor resembling musk especially in heaviness or persistence 2. any of various plants with musky odors; especially musk plant

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a strong-smelling reddish-brown substance produced by a gland in the male musk deer and used as an ingredient in perfumes. 2 the plant, Mimulus moschatus, with pale-green ovate leaves and yellow flowers (orig. with a smell of musk which is no longer perceptible in modern varieties). Phrases and idioms: musk deer any small Asian deer of the genus Moschus, having no antlers and in the male having long protruding canine teeth. musk duck the Australian duck Biziura lobata, having a musky smell. musk melon the common yellow or green melon, Cucumis melo, usu. with a raised network of markings on the skin. musk ox a large goat-antelope, Ovibos moschatus, native to N. America, with a thick shaggy coat and small curved horns. musk-rose a rambling rose, Rosa moschata, with large white flowers smelling of musk. musk thistle a nodding thistle, Carduus nutans, whose flowers have a musky fragrance. musk-tree (or -wood) an Australian tree, Olearia argophylla, with a musky smell. Derivatives: musky adj. (muskier, muskiest). muskiness n. Etymology: ME f. LL muscus f. Pers. musk, perh. f. Skr. muska scrotum (from the shape of the musk deer's gland)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Musk Musk, v. t. To perfume with musk.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Musk 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 similar. 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 scent. 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 pounds. 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 stinkpot.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Musk is a substance with a strong smell which is used in making perfume.

Moby Thesaurus

ambergris, ambrosia, aromatic, aromatic gum, aromatic water, attar, attar of roses, balm, balm of Gilead, balsam, bay oil, bergamot oil, champaca oil, civet, essence, essential oil, extract, fixative, heliotrope, jasmine oil, lavender oil, myrcia oil, myrrh, parfum, perfume, perfumery, rose oil, scent, volatile oil



Wordswarm.net: Look up a word or phrase

 


wordswarm.net: free dictionary lookup