Musk (?), n. [F. musc, L. muscus, Per. musk, fr. Skr. mushka testicle, orig., a little mouse. See Mouse, and cd. Abelmosk, Muscadel, Muscovy duck, Nutmeg.]
A substance of a reddish brown color, and when fresh of the consistence 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.
The musk deer. See Musk deer (below).
The perfume emitted by musk, or any perfume somewhat similar.
4. Bot. (a)
The musk plant (Mimulus moschatus).
A plant of the genus Erodium (E. moschatum); -- called also musky heron's-bill.
A plant of the genus Muscari; grape hyacinth.
Musk beaver Zool., muskrat (1). -- Musk beetle Zool., a European longicorn beetle (Aromia moschata), having an agreeable odor resembling that of attar of roses. -- Musk cat. See Bondar. -- Musk cattle Zool., musk oxen. See Musk ox (below). -- Musk deer Zool., 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 and napu. -- Musk duck. Zool. (a) The Muscovy duck. (b) An Australian duck (Biziura lobata). -- Musk lorikeet Zool., the Pacific lorikeet (Glossopsitta australis) of Australia. -- Musk mallow 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. -- Musk orchis Bot., a European plant of the Orchis family (Herminium Minorchis); -- so called from its peculiar scent. -- Musk ox Zool., an Arctic hollow-horned ruminant (Ovibos moschatus), 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 pounds. -- Musk parakeet. Zool. Same as Musk lorikeet (above). -- Musk pear Bot., a fragrant kind of pear much resembling the Seckel pear. -- Musk plant Bot., the Mimulus moschatus, a plant found in Western North America, often cultivated, and having a strong musky odor. -- Musk root Bot., the name of several roots with a strong odor, as that of the nard (Nardostachys Jatamansi) and of a species of Angelica. -- Musk rose Bot., a species of rose (Rosa moschata), having peculiarly fragrant white blossoms. -- Musk seed Bot., the seed of a plant of the Mallow family (Hibiscus moschatus), used in perfumery and in flavoring. See Abelmosk. -- Musk sheep Zool., the musk ox. -- Musk shrew Zool., a shrew (Sorex murinus), found in India. It has a powerful odor of musk. Called also sondeli, and mondjourou. -- Musk thistle Bot., a species of thistle (Carduus nutans), having fine large flowers, and leaves smelling strongly of musk. -- Musk tortoise, Musk turtle Zool., a small American fresh-water tortoise (Armochelys, ∨ Ozotheca, odorata), which has a distinct odor of musk; -- called also stinkpot.
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Musk (?), v. t.
To perfume with musk.
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