Dictionary.com

muskox

or musk ox

[ muhsk-oks ]
/ ˈmʌskˌɒks /
Save This Word!

noun, plural musk·ox·en [muhsk-ok-suhn]. /ˈmʌskˌɒk sən/.
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.
QUIZ
GOOSES. GEESES. I WANT THIS QUIZ ON PLURAL NOUNS!
Test how much you really know about regular and irregular plural nouns with this quiz.
Question 1 of 9
Which of the following nouns has an irregular plural form?

Origin of muskox

First recorded in 1735–45; musk + ox, so called from its odor
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use muskox in a sentence

  • It’s home to six National Wild and Scenic Rivers—Noatak, John, Alatna, Tinayguk, North Fork Koyukuk, and Kobuk—and a diverse array of wildlife from grizzlies to muskox.

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for muskox

musk ox

noun
a large bovid mammal, Ovibos moschatus, which has a dark shaggy coat, short legs, and widely spaced downward-curving horns and emits a musky smell: now confined to the tundras of Canada and Greenland
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK