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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Musk-cat a civet-cat: a scented effeminate dandy
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. musc—L. muscus, Gr. moschos—Pers. musk—Sans. mushka, a testicle.


In literature:

The nursery was full of Persian cats and musk-rats that had been brought there by the wishing carpet.
"The Phoenix and the Carpet" by E. Nesbit
I'll learn her to come to me stinking of the musk-cat.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
The musk-deer and the civet-cat are never found in company.
"The Professor at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
Our hats and caps were all worn out, and with skins of the musk cat I had to make new ones.
"The Swiss Family Robinson Told in Words of One Syllable" by Mary Godolphin
The wild beasts are lions, wolves, catamountains, and musk cats or civets.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII" by Robert Kerr
Whilst camping, a large musk cat broke forth among us and was killed.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
This synthetic musk passes muster to human nostrils, but a cat will turn up her nose at it.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
A cat hunted for his musk is, according to Pope's account, but the emblem of a wit winded by booksellers.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
Musk-cat, I'd make your civet worship stink First in your perfumed buff.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
So on till the eleventh mornin', when there was only a black cat, with the musk of him smellin' most awful.
"Tales from the Veld" by Ernest Glanville
I'll learn her to come to me stinking of the musk-cat.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade