musk ox

muskox

[muhsk-oks]
noun, plural muskoxen [muhsk-ok-suhn] .
a bovine ruminant, Ovibos moschatus, of arctic regions of North America and Greenland, that is between an ox and a sheep in size and anatomy.
Also, musk ox.


Origin:
1735–45; musk + ox, so called from its odor

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musk ox
 
n
a large bovid mammal, Ovibos moschatus, which has a dark shaggy coat, short legs, and widely spaced downward-curving horns and emits a musky smell: now confined to the tundras of Canada and Greenland

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