What does civet mean?

Definitions for civetˈsɪv ɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word civet.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. civet, civet cat(noun)

    cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes


  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

  4. Origin: [F. civette (cf. It. zibetto) civet, civet cat, fr. LGr. zape`tion, fr. Ar. zubd, zabd, civet.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Civet

    siv′et, n. a perfume obtained from the civet or Civ′et-cat, a small carnivorous animal of Africa, India, &c. [Fr. civette—Ar. zabad.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of civet in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of civet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Images & Illustrations of civet

  1. civetcivetcivet

Translations for civet

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for civet »


Find a translation for the civet definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these civet definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"civet." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 23 Apr. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/civet>.

Are we missing a good definition for civet? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for civet:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.