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Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *mews-. Cognates include Proto-Germanic *musą, Proto-Slavic *mъxъ.


mūscus m (genitive mūscī); second declension

  1. moss

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative mūscus mūscī
Genitive mūscī mūscōrum
Dative mūscō mūscīs
Accusative mūscum mūscōs
Ablative mūscō mūscīs
Vocative mūsce mūscī
Derived terms[edit]
  • Albanian: myshk
  • Galician: musgo
  • Portuguese: musgo
  • Sicilian: muscu
  • Spanish: musgo
  • Vulgar Latin: *mūsculum (see there for further descendants)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Ancient Greek μόσχος (móskhos). See English musk for more.


muscus m (genitive muscī); second declension

  1. musk deer
  2. musk (secretion, odour)

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative muscus muscī
Genitive muscī muscōrum
Dative muscō muscīs
Accusative muscum muscōs
Ablative muscō muscīs
Vocative musce muscī


  • muscus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • muscus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • muscus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • muscus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.