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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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musk ox Ovibos moschatus, a horned and hairy animal of the far north, whose range is now restricted to the Arctic regions of Canada and Greenland. In size it is comparable with a large goat or sheep. It provides meat for the Inuit (Eskimos) and for Arctic wolves, more or less the only other predator, but has no special claim to fame as food. The smell of musk which males emit during the mating season accounts for the common name.