Definitions for civetˈsɪv ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

civ•etˈsɪv ɪt(n.)

  1. Also called civ′et cat`. any of several catlike carnivores of the family Viverridae, esp. of the genera Viverra of the Orient and Civettictis of Africa.

    Category: Mammals

  2. a musky secretion of civets, used in perfumery.

Origin of civet:

1525–35; < MF civette < Catalan civetta蠐 Ar zabād civet perfume

civ′et•like`(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. civet, civet cat(noun)

    cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes

Wiktionary

  1. civet(Noun)

    A carnivorous catlike animal that produces a musky secretion. It is two to three feet long, with black bands and spots on the body and tail.

  2. civet(Noun)

    The musky perfume produced by the animal.

  3. Origin: From civette, from زباد.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Civet(noun)

    a substance, of the consistence of butter or honey, taken from glands in the anal pouch of the civet (Viverra civetta). It is of clear yellowish or brownish color, of a strong, musky odor, offensive when undiluted, but agreeable when a small portion is mixed with another substance. It is used as a perfume

  2. Civet(noun)

    the animal that produces civet (Viverra civetta); -- called also civet cat. It is carnivorous, from two to three feet long, and of a brownish gray color, with transverse black bands and spots on the body and tail. It is a native of northern Africa and of Asia. The name is also applied to other species

  3. Civet(verb)

    to scent or perfume with civet

Freebase

  1. Viverridae

    The Viverridae are a family of small to medium-sized mammals, the viverrids, comprising 15 genera, which are subdivided into 38 species. This family was named and first described by John Edward Gray in 1821. Viverrids are found in South and Southeast Asia, across the 'Wallace Line', all over Africa, and into southern Europe. Their occurrence in Celebes and in some of the adjoining islands shows them to be ancient inhabitants of the Old World tropics.

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