Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Musingly adverb In a musing manner.
[ French musc
, Latin muscus
, Persian musk
, from Sanskrit mushka
testicle, orig., a little mouse. See Mouse
, and cd. Abelmosk
, Muscovy duck
.] 1. 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. 2. (Zoology) The musk deer. See Musk deer (below). 3. The perfume emitted by musk, or any perfume somewhat similar. 4. (Botany) (a) The musk plant ( Mimulus moschatus ). (b) A plant of the genus Erodium ( E. moschatum ); -- called also musky heron's-bill . (c) A plant of the genus Muscari ; grape hyacinth. Musk beaver (Zoology)
, muskrat (1).
-- Musk beetle (Zoology)
, a European longicorn beetle ( Aromia moschata ), having an agreeable odor resembling that of attar of roses.
-- Musk cat
. See Bondar .
-- Musk cattle (Zoology)
, musk oxen. See Musk ox (below).
-- Musk deer (Zoology)
, 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
. (Zoology) (a) The Muscovy duck
. (b) An Australian duck ( Biziura lobata ).
-- Musk lorikeet (Zoology)
, the Pacific lorikeet ( Glossopsitta australis ) of Australia.
-- Musk mallow (Botany)
, 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 (Botany)
, a European plant of the Orchis family ( Herminium Minorchis ); -- so called from its peculiar scent.
-- Musk ox (Zoology)
, 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
. (Zoology) Same as Musk lorikeet (above).
-- Musk pear (Botany)
, a fragrant kind of pear much resembling the Seckel pear.
-- Musk plant (Botany)
, the Mimulus moschatus , a plant found in Western North America, often cultivated, and having a strong musky odor.
-- Musk root (Botany)
, the name of several roots with a strong odor, as that of the nard ( Nardostachys Jatamansi ) and of a species of Angelica .
-- Musk rose (Botany)
, a species of rose ( Rosa moschata ), having peculiarly fragrant white blossoms.
-- Musk seed (Botany)
, the seed of a plant of the Mallow family ( Hibiscus moschatus ), used in perfumery and in flavoring. See Abelmosk .
-- Musk sheep (Zoology)
, the musk ox.
-- Musk shrew (Zoology)
, a shrew ( Sorex murinus ), found in India. It has a powerful odor of musk. Called also sondeli , and mondjourou .
-- Musk thistle (Botany)
, a species of thistle ( Carduus nutans ), having fine large flowers, and leaves smelling strongly of musk.
-- Musk tortoise
, Musk turtle (Zoology)
, a small American fresh- water tortoise ( Armochelys, or Ozotheca, odorata ), which has a distinct odor of musk; -- called also stinkpot .
Musk (mŭsk) transitive verb To perfume with musk.
(mŭs"kȧ*dĕl`) noun See Muscadel .
(mŭs"kăt) noun See Muscat .
Muskellunge noun [ From the Amer. Indian name.] (Zoology) A large American pike ( Esox nobilior ) found in the Great Lakes, and other Northern lakes, and in the St. Lawrence River. It is valued as a food fish. [ Written also maskallonge , maskinonge , muskallonge , muskellonge , and muskelunjeh .]
[ French mousquet
, Italian moschetto
, formerly, a kind of hawk; confer Old French mousket
, a kind of hawk falcon, French mouchet
, prop., a little fly (the hawk probably being named from its size), from Latin musca
a fly. Confer Mosquito
.] [ Sometimes written also musquet
.] 1. (Zoology) The male of the sparrow hawk. 2. A species of firearm formerly carried by the infantry of an army. It was originally fired by means of a match, or matchlock, for which several mechanical appliances (including the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock) were successively substituted. This arm has been generally superseded by the rifle.
Musketeer noun [ French mousquetaire ; confer Italian moschettiere .] A soldier armed with a musket.
Musketoon noun [ French mousqueton ; confer Italian moschettone .]
1. A short musket. 2. One who is armed with such a musket.
Musketry noun [ French mousqueterie ; confer Italian moschetteria .]
1. Muskets, collectively. 2. The fire of muskets. Motley.
Muskiness noun The quality or state of being musky; the scent of musk.
.] (Botany) The fruit of a cucurbitaceous plant ( Cucumis Melo ), having a peculiar aromatic flavor, and cultivated in many varieties, the principal sorts being the cantaloupe ( Cucumis Melo cantalupensis ), of oval form and yellowish flesh, and the smaller nutmeg melon with greenish flesh. See Illust. of Melon .
Muskogees noun plural ; sing. Muskogee (Ethnol.) A powerful tribe of North American Indians that formerly occupied the region of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. They constituted a large part of the Creek confederacy. [ Written also Muscogees .]
1. (Zoology) A North American aquatic fur-bearing rodent ( Fiber zibethicus ). It resembles a rat in color and having a long scaly tail, but the tail is compressed, the hind feet are webbed, and the ears are concealed in the fur. It has scent glands which secrete a substance having a strong odor of musk. Called also musquash , musk beaver , and ondatra . 2. (Zoology) The musk shrew. 3. (Zoology) The desman.
Muskwood noun [ So called from its fragrance.] (Botany) (a) The wood of a West Indian tree of the Mahogany family ( Moschoxylum Swartzii ). (b) The wood of an Australian tree ( Eurybia argophylla ).
Musky adjective Having an odor of musk, or somewhat the like. Milton.
[ French mousseline
; confer Italian mussolino
, Spanish muselina
; all from Mussoul
a city of Mesopotamia, Arabic Mausil
, Syr. Mauzol
, where it was first manufactured. Confer Mull
a kind of cloth.] A thin cotton, white, dyed, or printed. The name is also applied to coarser and heavier cotton goods; as, shirting and sheeting muslins . Muslin cambric
. See Cambric .
-- Muslin delaine
, a light woolen fabric for women's dresses. See Delaine .
[ Written also mousseline de laine
Muslinet noun [ French mousselinette .] A sort of coarse or light cotton cloth.
[ Latin musmo
, a Sardinian animal; confer Greek moy`smwn
.] (Zoology) See Mouflon .
[ American Indian name.] (Zoology) See Muskrat . Musquash root (Botany)
, an umbelliferous plant ( Cicuta maculata ), having a poisonous root. See Water hemlock .
[ American Indian name.] (Zoology) The American black bear. See Bear .
Musrole, Musrol noun
[ French muserolle
, from muserau
a muzzle, Old French musel
. See Muzzle
.] The nose band of a horse's bridle.
Muss noun [ Confer Old French mousche a fly, also, the play called muss , from Latin musca a fly.] A scramble, as when small objects are thrown down, to be taken by those who can seize them; a confused struggle. Shak.
Muss noun A state of confusion or disorder; -- probably variant of mess , but influenced by muss , a scramble. [ Colloq. U.S.]
Muss transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mussed
; present participle & verbal noun Mussing
.] To disarrange, as clothing; to rumple.
[ Colloq. U.S.]
[ Confer Middle English mus
a mouse. See Mouse
.] A term of endearment.
[ Obsolete] See Mouse
. B. Jonson.
[ See Muscle
, 3.] 1. (Zoology) Any one of many species of marine bivalve shells of the genus Mytilus , and related genera, of the family Mytidæ . The common mussel ( Mytilus edulis ; see Illust. under Byssus ), and the larger, or horse, mussel ( Modiola modiolus ), inhabiting the shores both of Europe and America, are edible. The former is extensively used as food in Europe. 2. (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of Unio , and related fresh-water genera; -- called also river mussel . See Naiad , and Unio . Mussel digger (Zoology)
, the grayback whale. See Gray whale , under Gray .
Mussitation noun [ Latin mussitatio suppression of the voice, from mussitare to be silent, to murmur.] A speaking in a low tone; mumbling. [ Obsolete]
Mussite noun (Min.) A variety of pyroxene, from the Mussa Alp in Piedmont; diopside.
; plural Mussulmans
. [ Arabic muslimīn
, plural of muslim
: confer F. & Spanish musulman
. See Moslem
.] A Mohammedan; a Moslem.
Mussulmanic adjective Of, pertaining to, or like, the Mussulmans, or their customs: Mohammedan.
Mussulmanish adjective Mohammedan.
Mussulmanism noun Mohammedanism.
Mussulmanly adverb In the manner of Moslems.
[ From 2d Muss
.] Disarranged; rumpled.
[ Colloq. U.S.]
(mŭst) intransitive verb or auxiliary
. [ Middle English moste
, a pret. generally meaning, could, was free to, present mot
, Anglo-Saxon mōste
, pret. mōt
, present ; akin to Dutch moetan
to be obliged, Old Saxon mōtan
to be free, to be obliged, Old High German muozan
, German müssen
to be obliged, Swedish måste
must, Goth. gamōtan
to have place, have room, to able; of unknown origin.] 1. To be obliged; to be necessitated; - - expressing either physical or moral necessity; as, a man must eat for nourishment; we must submit to the laws. 2. To be morally required; to be necessary or essential to a certain quality, character, end, or result; as, he must reconsider the matter; he must have been insane.
Likewise must the deacons be grave. 1 Tim. iii. 8.
Morover, he [ a bishop] must have a good report of them which are without. 1 Tim. iii. 7.
» The principal verb, if easily supplied by the mind, was formerly often omitted when must
was used; as, I must
away. "I must
to Coventry." Shak.
[ Anglo-Saxon must
, from Latin mustum
), from mustus
young, new, fresh. Confer Mustard
.] 1. The expressed juice of the grape, or other fruit, before fermentation.
"These men ben full of must
." Wyclif (Acts ii. 13. ).
No fermenting must fills . . . the deep vats. Longfellow. 2.
[ Confer Musty
Must transitive verb & i. To make musty; to become musty.
Must (mŭst) noun [ Hind. mast intoxicated, ruttish, from Sanskrit matta , p.p. of mad to rejoice, intoxicate.] (Zoology) Being in a condition of dangerous frenzy, usually connected with sexual excitement; -- said of adult male elephants which become so at irregular intervals. -- noun (a) The condition of frenzy. (b) An elephant in must.
Mustac noun [ French moustac .] (Zoology) A small tufted monkey.
(mŭs*tȧsh"; 277) noun
; plural Mustaches
[ Written also moustache
.] [ French moustache
, Italian mostaccio
mustache, from Greek my`stax
upper lip and the beard upon it; confer ma`stax
mouth: confer Spanish mostacho
.] 1. That part of the beard which grows on the upper lip; hair left growing above the mouth. 2. (Zoology) A West African monkey ( Cercopithecus cephus ). It has yellow whiskers, and a triangular blue mark on the nose. 3. (Zoology) Any conspicuous stripe of color on the side of the head, beneath the eye of a bird.
; plural Mustachios A mustache. Longfellow.
Mustachoed adjective Having mustachios.
[ Turk. & Arabic mustahfiz
who trusts to another's keeping, a soldier of a garrison.] See Army organization , above.