Muskadel to Mute
(Mus"ka*del`) n. See Muscadel.
(Mus"kat) n. See Muscat.
(Mus"kel*lunge) n. [From the Amer. Indian name.] (Zoöl.) 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.]
(Mus"ket) n. [F. mousquet, It. moschetto, formerly, a kind of hawk; cf. OF. mousket, moschet,
a kind of hawk falcon, F. mouchet, prop., a little fly (the hawk prob. being named from its size), fr. L.
musca a fly. Cf. Mosquito.] [Sometimes written also musquet.]
1. (Zoöl.) 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 This arm has been generally superseded by the rifle.
(Mus`ket*eer") n. [F. mousquetaire; cf. It. moschettiere.] A soldier armed with a musket.
(Mus*ke"to) n. See Mosquito.
(Mus`ket*oon") n. [F. mousqueton; cf. It. moschettone.]
1. A short musket.
2. One who is armed with such a musket.
(Mus"ket*ry) n. [F. mousqueterie; cf. It. moschetteria.]
1. Muskets, collectively.
2. The fire of muskets. Motley.
(Musk"i*ness) n. The quality or state of being musky; the scent of musk.
(Musk"mel`on) n. [Musk + melon.] (Bot.) The fruit of a cucurbitaceous plant having a
peculiar aromatic flavor, and cultivated in many varieties, the principal sorts being the cantaloupe of oval
form and yellowish flesh, and the smaller nutmeg melon with greenish flesh. See Illust. of Melon.
(Mus*ko"gees) n. pl.; 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. (Zoöl.) A North American aquatic fur-bearing rodent 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. (Zoöl.) The musk shrew.
3. (Zoöl.) The desman.
(Musk"wood`) n. [So called from its fragrance.] (Bot.) (a) The wood of a West Indian tree
of the Mahogany family (Moschoxylum Swartzii). (b) The wood of an Australian tree