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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MUSK, n.4, v. Also moosk, and freq. forms musker, moosker. [musk]

I. n. A haze, mist (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). Adj. muski, hazy.Sh. 1897 J. Jakobsen Dial. Shet. 37:
Haze is called . . . moosk, moosker, slightly different from ask which is generally windy.
Sh. 1915 Shetland News (21 Oct.):
Dey wir a muski haik [sic for Hask, n.3] comin doon ower da laand.

II. v. To rain intermittently in slight showers (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). Vbl.n. muskerin, occasional light rain-showers (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.).

[Norw. dial. musk, haze, drizzle, muska. to drizzle.]

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