Definitions for civetˈsɪv ɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
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.
a musky secretion of civets, used in perfumery.
Origin of civet:
1525–35; < MF civette < Catalan civetta蠐 Ar zabād civet perfume
civet, civet cat(noun)
cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes
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.
The musky perfume produced by the animal.
Origin: From civette, from زباد.
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
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
to scent or perfume with civet