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[mos-kuh-tel, mos-kuh-tel]
  1. a small plant, Adoxa moschatellina, having greenish or yellowish flowers with a musky odor.
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Origin of moschatel

1725–35; < French moscatelle < Italian moscatella, equivalent to moscat(o) musk + -ella -elle; -h- from botanical name
Also called musk root, musk·root [muhsk-root, -roo t] /ˈmʌskˌrut, -ˌrʊt/.
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  • Moschatel, mos′ka-tel, n. a plant with pale-green flowers and a musky smell.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


British Dictionary definitions for moschatel


  1. a small N temperate plant, Adoxa moschatellina, with greenish-white musk-scented flowers on top of the stem, arranged as four pointing sideways at right angles to each other and one facing upwards: family AdoxaceaeAlso called: townhall clock, five-faced bishop
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Word Origin

C18: via French from Italian moscatella, diminutive of moscato musk
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