• WordNet 3.6
    • n musk the scent of a greasy glandular secretion from the male musk deer
    • n musk an odorous glandular secretion from the male musk deer; used as a perfume fixative
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Musk is extracted from the bottom of a civet, and is used as an ingredient to make perfumes.
    • Musk (Bot) A plant of the genus Erodium Erodium moschatum); -- called also musky heron's-bill.
    • Musk (Bot) A plant of the genus Muscari; grape hyacinth.
    • Musk 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.
    • Musk (Zoöl) The musk deer. See Musk deerbelow).
    • Musk (Bot) The musk plant (Mimulus moschatus).
    • Musk The perfume emitted by musk, or any perfume somewhat similar.
    • v. t Musk mŭsk To perfume with musk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n musk An odoriferous substance secreted by the male musk-deer, Moschus moschiferus. See musk-deer. The secretion is a viscid fluid, which dries as a brown pulveruline substance, of a slightly bitter taste and extremely powerful, penetrating, and persistent odor. It is the strongest and most lasting of perfumes, and is also used in medicine as a diffusible stimulant and antispasmodic. The commercial article is imported from Asia in the natural pods or bags, frequently mixed with blood, fat, and hairs, and adulterated with foreign substances. Various other animals secrete a substance like musk, and several are named from this fact. See compounds following.
    • n musk A kind of artificial musk made by the action of nitric acid upon oil of amber.
    • n musk The smell of musk, or a smell resembling it; an aromatic smell; a perfume.
    • n musk Same as musk-plant, in both senses.
    • musk To perfume with musk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Musk musk a strong perfume, obtained from the male musk-deer, or the odour thereof: a hornless deer, in Tibet and Nepaul, yielding musk
    • v.t Musk to perfume with musk
    • ns Musk (bot.) a name given to a number of plants which smell more or less strongly of musk
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  • Edward Flaherty
    Edward Flaherty
    “You couldn't get a clue during the clue mating season in a field full of horny clues if you smeared your body with clue musk and did the clue mating dance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. musc, L. muscus, Per. musk, fr. Skr. mushka, testicle, orig., a little mouse. See Mouse, and cd. Abelmosk Muscadel Muscovy duck Nutmeg
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. musc—L. muscus, Gr. moschos—Pers. musk—Sans. mushka, a testicle.


In literature:

The specimen of their fleece which was shown us, resembles the coat of the musk ox.
"Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone" by John Hughes
He had unloaded his three sledges here and gone on to Parr Bay to hunt musk-oxen.
"A Negro Explorer at the North Pole" by Matthew A. Henson
Musk is being moistened.
"The Little Clay Cart" by (Attributed To) King Shudraka
His presence in the middle of that swamp was about as logical as if he had been a musk-ox or a walrus.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
Some deer and musk oxen were shot.
"Our Sailors" by W.H.G. Kingston
We had started about two hours when the sharp eyes of my friend discovered the traces of two musk-oxen on the steep side of a hill.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
Large-ribbed Netted Musk, 186.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
This man, who was clad in a shirt made of the skins of the musk-rat, after which he was named, was a very lively individual.
"The Pioneers" by R.M. Ballantyne
He was taken out on all their hunting expeditions, and fully initiated into all the mysteries of seals, walrus, deer, and musk-ox killing.
"The Walrus Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
He says there are musk-oxen there.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
At that distant date it was anything but promising; and its prominent industries were Indians, musk-rats, and scenery.
"Second Book of Tales" by Eugene Field
Their flesh smells strongly of musk; and they are easily irritated.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
Coon meat is most as good as lamb if you is careful to take out de musk sacs when you dress 'em to cook.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
It can live as far north as the musk-ox.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
He looked down into the dying eyes of a little musk-deer.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
He passed into the hall, which was cool and smelt like a wedding with a musk of flowers.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
The only animals of the bovine race found here when this continent was discovered were the buffalo and the musk ox.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
Its ears, as rubies red, Fragrant as breath of musk, its odors spread.
"Lilith" by Ada Langworthy Collier
He could smell them almost; such had been the spoils of amber and musk among them.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
It is sometimes known as the musk ox and occasionally as the musk bison.
"The Tree-Dwellers" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

In poetry:

Two pleated bowers of woodbine pave,
'Neath all their heaviness of musk,
Two fountains of pellucid wave,
With sunlight-tessellated dusk.
"An Antique" by Madison Julius Cawein
Till, hearing, while June's roses blew their musk,
The noise of field and city,
The human struggle, sinking tired at dusk,
I felt no thrill of pity;
"A Prayer" by John Charles McNeill
Colors grace thatch homes for a moment.
Flocks and herds of things wild glisten
Faintly. Then the scent of musk opens across
Half a mountain — and lingers on past noon.
"Morning Rain" by Du Fu
When, for his tomb, with each revolving year,
I steal the musk-rose from the scented brake,
I strew my cowslips, and I pay my tear,
I'll add the myrtle for Ophelia's sake.
"Elegy XVIII. He Repeats the Song of Colin, a Discerning Shepherd" by William Shenstone
Dart on, O buoyant swallow!
Kiss leaves and willing rose!
Whose musk the sly winds follow,
And bee that booming goes;--
But in this quiet hollow
I'll walk, which no one knows.
"The Hollow" by Madison Julius Cawein
Dripped the musk of sodden roses
From their million heavy sprays,
And the nightingales were sobbing
Of the roses amorous praise
Where the raven down of even
Caught the moonlight's bleaching rays.
"Treachery" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

CEO Elon Musk, center, with CTO J.B.
CEO Elon Musk, center, with CTO J.B. Straubel, left, and Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen watch as Tesla launched the Model S, at their factory in Fremont, Calif, on Friday, June 22, 2012.
Elon Musk outlined more details of his vision for a colony on Mars.
Elon Musk 's Next Big Vision is a Mars Colony.
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For the last three years, I have received a phone call from the same two individuals wanting to control musk thistle in May.
Musk emerges as a creation of his own desire to create.
An Interview with Elon Musk .
It's been a monster year for Elon Musk .
Musk 's Tesla Wins 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year.
Musk 's SpaceX Completes Space Cargo Delivery.
Elon Musk 's Mission to Mars.
SpaceX Founder Elon Musk 's Rooftop Solar Company Files for IPO.
CEO Musk 's $1M Bet on TSLA.
Musk 's SpaceX Launches Craft for Space Station Deliveries.

In science:

Pairs of musk-oxen can be successfully attacked by wolves but groups are rarely attacked Tener .
Switching model with two habitats and a predator involving group defence