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From Late Latin muscus, from Ancient Greek μόσχος (moskhos), from Middle Persian *mušk; compare Persian مشک (mušk). Ultimately from Sanskrit मुष्क (muṣka, “testicle”), the shape of the gland being similar.
musk (plural musks)
- A greasy secretion with a powerful odour, produced in a glandular sac of the male musk deer and used in the manufacture of perfumes.
- A similar secretion produced by the otter and the civet.
- A synthetic organic compound used as a substitute for the above.
- The odour of musk.
- The musk deer.
- The musk plant (Mimulus moschatus).
- A plant of the genus Erodium (E. moschatum); the musky heronsbill.
- A plant of the genus Muscari; grape hyacinth.
greasy secretion with powerful odour