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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
1890-1895
1890-95; < French: moss, froth < Germanic; see moss
Can be confused
mouse, mousse.
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British Dictionary definitions for mousses'

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 mousses'

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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Encyclopedia Article for mousses'

mousse

savoury or sweet dish with the consistency of a dense foam, composed of a pureed chief ingredient mixed with stiffly beaten egg whites, whipped cream, or both. Mousses are almost always cold dishes, sweet mousses sometimes being served frozen. Savoury mousses are frequently prepared from poultry, foie gras, fish, or shellfish, to be eaten as a first course or light entree. They may be stabilized by the addition of gelatin.

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