|Kanji in this term|
Compound of むさ (musa, “greed, covetousness, wantonness”, not used in isolation; the same musa found in むさい (musai, “greedy, covetous, wanton; dirty, impure, mean”) and むさと (musa to, greedily, wantonly, carelessly)) + 欲る (horu, “to want, to desire”, obsolete in modern Japanese, only appearing in compounds). The horu changes to boru as an instance of rendaku (連濁).
- to be greedy for something, to crave something
- to covet something
- (in compound verbs) to do something greedily or hungrily
- Kare wa, kōgi no aima ni daisuki na shōsetsu o musabori yonde ita.
- He was hungrily reading a favorite novel between the lectures.