|1.||a strong-smelling glandular secretion of the male musk deer, used in perfumery|
|2.||a similar substance produced by certain other animals, such as the civet and otter, or manufactured synthetically|
|3.||See also monkey flower any of several scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Mimulus, esp the North American M. moschatus, which has yellow flowers and was formerly cultivated for its musky scent|
|4.||the smell of musk or a similar heady smell|
|5.||(modifier) containing or resembling musk: musk oil; a musk flavour|
|[C14: from Late Latin muscus, from Greek moskhos, from Persian mushk, probably from Sanskrit mushká scrotum (from the appearance of the musk deer's musk bag), diminutive of mūsh|
substance obtained from the male musk deer and having a penetrating, persistent odour. It is used in the highest grades of perfume because of its odour characteristics, ability to remain in evidence for long periods of time, and ability to act as a fixative. Its quality varies according to the season and the age of the animal from which it is obtained. In India and parts of the Far East, aphrodisiac, stimulant, and antispasmodic effects have been attributed to musk.
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