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Quark receives oo-mox from Emi

Oo-mox is the act of massaging a Ferengi's ears (or "lobes"); there is no translation for the word. Because the Ferengi ear is a major erogenous zone, massaging the ears causes extreme pleasure and relaxation. (TNG: "Ménage à Troi")

Oo-mox, though pleasurable, can also have dangers. It can be very distracting for a Ferengi and may often be employed by females of other species in order to distract a Ferengi during negotiations or to coerce them into an action they would otherwise avoid. (DS9: "Facets") Such was the case in an early, unofficial encounter in 2151, when T'Pol performed oo-mox on Krem only to incapacitate him with a Vulcan nerve pinch. (ENT: "Acquisition")

Not strictly sexual, oo-mox may also be employed for other reasons, notably as a means to an end. The book Oo-mox for Fun and Profit plays on this tendency. (DS9: "Profit and Lace")

Wealthy Ferengi may employ females specifically for the purpose of providing oo-mox on demand. Despite the semi-erotic nature of the act the females may perform this service in public as an overt demonstration that their employer can afford such a luxury. (DS9: "Family Business"; VOY: "False Profits")

When Quark, Nog, and Rom traveled back in time to 1947 Earth, Nog tricked Nurse Faith Garland into giving him oo-mox.(DS9: "Little Green Men")

Vash had knowledge of how to perform oo-mox. She gave Quark oo-mox when negotiating who got the profits from an auction the two organized. (DS9: "Q-Less")

Lwaxana Troi told Odo that she made love with DaiMon Tog while being held hostage on his ship in 2366. (DS9: "The Forsaken")

In "Bar Association" Rom confesses that he has had too much oo-mox by himself. This seems to be one of the few references to masturbation in the history of Star Trek.


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