Musk ox

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Musk Ox Ovibos moshhatus


Large, stocky goats (Ovibos moschatus) that are native to northern Canada, Alaska and Greenland. Musk oxen have long, thick, shaggy coats over a thick wool undercoat. They shed the undercoat in the spring and it is collected to produce a fine soft yarn, similar to Cashmere or Guanaco. Much of the native clothing produced by the Eskimos is made from musk fibers.

Synonyms and Related Terms

qiviut; musk oxen; buey almizclero (Esp.); muskusos (Ned);

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Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 588
  • Marjory L. Joseph, Introductory Textile Science, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Fort Worth, TX, 1986
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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