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mousse

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noun

Cooking.
  1. a sweetened and flavored dessert with a base of whipped cream, beaten egg whites, or both: chocolate mousse.
  2. an aspic, unsweetened and containing meat, vegetables, or fish, usually chilled in a mold: 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.

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Origin of mousse

First recorded in 1890–95; from French: literally, “moss, froth”; partly from Latin (aqua) mulsa “hydromel” (feminine singular of adjective mulsus “mixed with honey, sweet”); partly from Germanic; see moss

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mousse

mouse, mousse
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British Dictionary definitions for mousse

mousse
/ (muːs) /

noun

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 for mousse

C19: from French: froth
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