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  • n  the quality of smelling or tasting old or stale or mouldy

  • Matisse did much, at the beginning of this century, to dispel the mustiness of academic art.
  • The venerable institution has thrown off its quaint mustiness and become one of Europe's most inviting cultural attractions.
  • Gradually, with the passage of years, its mustiness changes to a delicate old-fashioned odor.

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