[muhs-kuht, -kat]

1570–80; short for muscat wine or grape < Middle French muscat musky < Old Provençal, equivalent to musc (< Late Latin muscus musk) + -at -ate1 Unabridged


a seaport in and the capital of Oman.
Arabic Masqat.


Formerly Muscat and Oman. an independent sultanate in SE Arabia. About 82,800 sq. mi. (212,380 sq. km). Capital: Muscat.
a NW arm of the Arabian Sea, at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Unabridged
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muscat (ˈmʌskət, -kæt)
1.  any of various grapevines that produce sweet white grapes used for making wine or raisins
2.  another name for muscatel
[C16: via Old French from Provençal muscat, from muscmusk]

Muscat (ˈmʌskət, -kæt)
Arabic name: Masqat the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, a port on the Gulf of Oman: a Portuguese port from the early 16th century; controlled by Persia (1650--1741). Pop: 689 000 (2005 est)

Oman (əʊˈmɑːn)
Former name (until 1970): Muscat and Oman a sultanate in SE Arabia, on the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea: the most powerful state in Arabia in the 19th century, ruling Zanzibar, much of the Persian coast, and part of Pakistan. Official language: Arabic. Official religion: Muslim. Currency: rial. Capital: Muscat. Pop: 2 935 000 (2004 est). Area: about 306 000 sq km (118 150 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

coastal nation in Arabia, supposedly named for its founder. Recorded from Roman times (Omana, in Pliny).

type of wine, 1570s, from It. moscato, lit. "musky-flavored," from L.L. *muscatus (see muscatel)

capital of Oman, from Arabic Masqat, said to mean "hidden" (it is isolated from the interior by hills).
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Cultural Dictionary
Oman [(oh-mahn)]

Kingdom on the southern and eastern coasts of the Arabian Peninsula on the Arabian Sea, bordered to the northwest by the United Arab Emirates, the west by Saudi Arabia, and the southwest by Yemen. Oman includes a tip of land on one side of the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.

Note: Strategically located on trading and military routes between the Persian Gulf and Asia and east Africa, Oman has been occupied by the Portuguese, the Turks, and the Persians; since the beginning of the nineteenth century, it has maintained close relations with Britain.
Note: Oman began exporting oil in 1967.
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So do many others lucky enough to have tasted these fortified dessert wines, properly named muscat and tokay.
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