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Musk is the name originally given to a substance with a penetrating odor obtained from a gland of the male musk deer or gazelle which is situated between its stomach and genitals.

 To obtain the musk, the deer/ gazelle is killed and its gland, also called “musk pod”, is removed. It is dried either in the sun, on a hot stone, or by immersion in hot oil. Upon drying, the reddish-brown paste turns into a black granular material called “musk grain”, which is used for alcoholic solutions. The aroma of the tincture becomes more intense during storage and gives a pleasant odor only after it is considerably diluted.

The substance has been used as a popular perfume fixative since ancient times and is one of the more expensive animal products in the world. The name originates from the Late Greek μόσχος ‘moskhos’, from Persian ‘mushk’, from Sanskrit ‘muska-s’ “testicle”, from Latin ‘mus’ “mouse” (so called, presumably, for resemblance; seemuscle). The deer gland was thought to resemble a scrotum. German has Moschus, from a M.L. form of the Late Greek word. Spanish has almizcle, from Arabic al misk “the musk”, from Persian. Applied to various plants and animals of similar smell (e.g. musk-ox, 1744) and has come to encompass a wide variety of aromatic substances with similar odors, despite their often differing chemical structures.

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