Definitions for civetˈsɪv ɪt
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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
The Viverridae is a family of small to medium-sized mammals, the viverrids, comprising 15 genera, which are subdivided into 33 species. This family was named and first described by John Edward Gray in 1821. Viverrids are found all over the Oriental Region and even beyond it across Wallace's line, all over Africa and passing into southern Europe. Their occurrence in Celebes and in some of the adjoining islands shows them to be ancient inhabitants of the tropics of the Old World.
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