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Topic: ODOURS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: musc, from Late Latin muscus, from Greek moschos, from Persian mushk, from Sanskrit muska 'testicle'; because the substance comes from a part of a deer near its testicles

musk

noun
     
musk [uncountable]
1DCBCO a substance with a strong smell that is used to make perfume
2 written a strong smell, especially the way a person smells:
the musk of sweat and muscle
musky adjective
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