Definition of moschatel in English:

moschatel

noun

  • A small plant of north temperate regions, with pale green musk-scented flowers which grow at right angles to each other, forming five sides of a cube.

    • ‘The flora is suggestive in places of old oak woodland with goldilocks, buttercup, moschatel, bugle and wood sedge.’
    • ‘The final highlight from my point of view was finding the delightful moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina, right) growing right by the roadside where we had parked the cars.’
    • ‘The fact that the site is located in such a steeply sided incised valley and the presence of certain indicator species such as moschatel suggest that it could be ancient semi-natural woodland.’
    • ‘The woodland areas are dominated by ash, oak, birch and hazel with an interesting ground flora including dog's mercury, wood anemone and moschatel.’
    • ‘Two rare plants, white baneberry and moschatel, are found here.’
    • ‘Bluebells are nearing their peak in Nut Wood, where there are early red campion in flower, with lots of lesser celandine about, and moschatel at its climax.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from French moscatelle, from Italian moscatella, from moscato ‘musk’.

Pronunciation

moschatel

/ˌmɒskəˈtɛl/