mousse

Mousse is a dessert that's made of cream and eggs that have been whipped until they're light and creamy. Don't confuse the dessert mousse with the foamy hair product also called mousse, or else people will want to nibble on your hair after dinner.

If you have heavy cream, some eggs, and flavoring — plus a whisk or an electric mixer — you can make mousse. Most mousses are sweet, flavored with chocolate or fruit or peanut butter, but it's also possible to cook a savory mousse, like a salmon mousse or a chicken liver mousse. Because its texture is similar to these foods, the foamy hair product is also called mousse. In Old French, mousse means "froth," but also, unappetizingly, "scum."

Definitions of mousse
  1. noun
    a rich, frothy, creamy dessert made with whipped egg whites and heavy cream
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    types:
    chocolate mousse
    dessert mousse made with chocolate
    type of:
    afters, dessert, sweet
    a dish served as the last course of a meal
  2. noun
    a light creamy dish made from fish or meat and set with gelatin
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    types:
    fish mousse
    mousse made with fish
    chicken mousse
    mousse made with chicken
    type of:
    dish
    a particular item of prepared food
  3. noun
    toiletry consisting of an aerosol foam used in hair styling
    synonyms: hair gel, hair mousse
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    type of:
    toilet articles, toiletry
    artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)
  4. verb
    apply a styling gel to
    “she mousses her hair”
    synonyms: gel
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    type of:
    groom, neaten
    care for one's external appearance
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