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[moos] /mus/
  1. a sweetened dessert with whipped cream as a base, often stabilized with gelatin and chilled in a mold:
    chocolate mousse.
  2. an aspic, unsweetened and containing meat, vegetables, or fish:
    salmon mousse.
a foamy preparation used on the hair to help hold it in place, applied usually to damp hair before grooming or styling and worked in until absorbed.
Origin of mousse
1890-95; < French: moss, froth < Germanic; see moss
Can be confused
mouse, mousse. Unabridged
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  • The mousse may be in white sugar cases, if you prefer these rather than the melon mould.

    Gala Day Luncheons Caroline Benedict Burrell
  • This was alternated with some sort of mousse made in the fireless stove.

    Living on a Little Caroline French Benton
  • I shall wear white lace with mousse velvet, and a mousse bonnet with pink roses.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife Mary King Waddington
  • If the chaudfroid says nothing to you, will you not try the mousse?

    The Monster Edgar Saltus
  • “Strawberry, mousse, and chocolate are too cloying,” Milly remarked meditatively.

  • This mousse can be flavored with a tablespoonful of kirsch, rum, or brandy instead of sherry.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • A few berries had also been sliced and mixed with the mousse as she put it in the glasses.

    Living on a Little Caroline French Benton
British Dictionary definitions for mousse


a light creamy dessert made with eggs, cream, fruit, etc, set with gelatine
a similar dish made from fish or meat
the layer of small bubbles on the top of a glass of champagne or other sparkling wine
short for styling mousse
Word Origin
C19: from French: froth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mousse

1892, in cookery sense, from French mousse, from Old French mousse "froth, scum," from Late Latin mulsa "mead," from Latin mulsum "honey wine, mead," from neuter of mulsus "mixed with honey," related to mel "honey" (see Melissa). Meaning "preparation for hair" is from 1977. As a verb in this sense from 1984.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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