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(m[u^]sk), n. [F. musc, L. muscus, Per. musk, fr.
Skr. mushka testicle, orig., a little mouse. See Mouse
, Muscovy duck
1. A substance of a reddish brown color, and when fresh of
the consistency of honey, obtained from a bag being behind
the navel of the male musk deer. It has a slightly bitter
taste, but is specially remarkable for its powerful and
enduring odor. It is used in medicine as a stimulant
antispasmodic. The term is also applied to secretions of
various other animals, having a similar odor.
2. (Zo["o]l.) The musk deer. See Musk deer
3. The perfume emitted by musk, or any perfume somewhat
(a) The musk plant (Mimulus moschatus
(b) A plant of the genus Erodium
-- called also musky heron's-bill
(c) A plant of the genus Muscari
; grape hyacinth.
(Zo["o]l.), muskrat (1).
(Zo["o]l.), a European longicorn beetle
), having an agreeable odor resembling
that of attar of roses.
. See Bondar
(Zo["o]l.), musk oxen. See Musk ox
(Zo["o]l.), a small hornless deer (Moschus moschiferus
), which inhabits the elevated parts of
Central Asia. The upper canine teeth of the male are
developed into sharp tusks, curved downward. The male has
scent bags on the belly, from which the musk of commerce
is derived. The deer is yellow or red-brown above, whitish
below. The pygmy musk deer are chevrotains, as the kanchil
(a) The Muscovy duck.
(b) An Australian duck (Biziura lobata
(Zo["o]l.), the Pacific lorikeet
) of Australia.
(Bot.), a name of two malvaceous plants:
(a) A species of mallow (Malva moschata
), the foliage of
which has a faint musky smell.
(b) An Asiatic shrub. See Abelmosk
(Bot.), a European plant of the Orchis family
); -- so called from its peculiar
(Zo["o]l.), an Arctic hollow-horned ruminant
), now existing only in America, but
found fossil in Europe and Asia. It is covered with a
thick coat of fine yellowish wool, and with long dark
hair, which is abundant and shaggy on the neck and
shoulders. The full-grown male weighs over four hundred
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Musk lorikeet
(Bot.), a fragrant kind of pear much resembling
the Seckel pear.
(Bot.), the Mimulus moschatus
, a plant found
in Western North America, often cultivated, and having a
strong musky odor.
(Bot.), the name of several roots with a strong
odor, as that of the nard (Nardostachys Jatamansi
of a species of Angelica
(Bot.), a species of rose (Rosa moschata
having peculiarly fragrant white blossoms.
(Bot.), the seed of a plant of the Mallow family
), used in perfumery and in
flavoring. See Abelmosk
(Zo["o]l.), the musk ox.
(Zo["o]l.), a shrew (Sorex murinus
), found in
India. It has a powerful odor of musk. Called also
, and mondjourou
(Bot.), a species of thistle (Carduus nutans
), having fine large flowers, and leaves smelling
strongly of musk.
, Musk turtle
(Zo["o]l.), a small American
fresh-water tortoise (Armochelys odorata
syn. Ozotheca odorata
), which has a distinct odor of musk; -- called