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mousse

[moos] /mus/
noun
1.
Cookery.
  1. a sweetened dessert with whipped cream as a base, often stabilized with gelatin and chilled in a mold:
    chocolate mousse.
  2. an aspic, unsweetened and containing meat, vegetables, or fish:
    salmon mousse.
2.
a foamy preparation used on the hair to help hold it in place, applied usually to damp hair before grooming or styling and worked in until absorbed.
Origin of mousse
1890-1895
1890-95; < French: moss, froth < Germanic; see moss
Can be confused
mouse, mousse.
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mousse

/muːs/
noun
1.
a light creamy dessert made with eggs, cream, fruit, etc, set with gelatine
2.
a similar dish made from fish or meat
3.
the layer of small bubbles on the top of a glass of champagne or other sparkling wine
4.
short for styling mousse
Word Origin
C19: from French: froth
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Word Origin and History for mousse
n.

1892, in cookery sense, from French mousse, from Old French mousse "froth, scum," from Late Latin mulsa "mead," from Latin mulsum "honey wine, mead," from neuter of mulsus "mixed with honey," related to mel "honey" (see Melissa). Meaning "preparation for hair" is from 1977. As a verb in this sense from 1984.

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