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muskox

or musk ox

[muhsk-oks] /ˈmʌskˌɒks/
noun, plural muskoxen
[muhsk-ok-suh n] /ˈmʌskˌɒk sən/ (Show IPA)
1.
a bovine ruminant, Ovibos moschatus, of arctic regions of North America and Greenland, that is between an ox and a sheep in size and anatomy.
Origin of muskox
1735-1745
1735-45; musk + ox, so called from its odor
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  • Allong this trip so near the sea we saw hundreds of seals, and walrus and killed a muskox the most rare animal in the world.

    Black Beaver James Campbell Lewis
  • He never gets frostbitten toes 'though in snow and ice he plays; Now being a muskox can't be bad in the long, cold winter days!

    Animal Children Edith Brown Kirkwood

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