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musqué

French for "smelling of musk"; see there.

Name for the dried, powdery secretion from the gland between navel and penis of the male musk deer (musk deer). It is possibly derived from the ancient Indian term "muskah" (testicles). The substance has structural similarities to pheromones (sexual scents), which is why it is said to have an aphrodisiac effect. Mainly responsible for the slightly sweet, animal aroma is the oily substance Muscon with a share of up to 2%. However, the term "musk" is also used for glandular secretions of other animals (musk ox, musk ram, muskrat, musk duck) and plant...

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