This well-known scent is imported from China, Bengal, and Russil'. It has a bitterish and somewhat acid taste, and in color resembles dried Llood. This scent is obtained from the musk deer, and posscsses a most penetrating and diffusive odor, rather agreeable when feeble, but when concentrated it is decidedly offensive ; so diffusive is its power that a few grains will scent a room fOl years, and it never seems to fade in strength. Tonquin musk is the most esteemed. Pod musk is the natural bag containing the musk, and each one weighs nLout six drachms lawing in each about eight scruples of pure musk. It is generally more or less adulterated, but the adulterations are easily detected under the microscope or by analysis
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