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genet1

or ge·nette

[jen-it, juh-net]
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noun
  1. any small, Old World carnivore of the genus Genetta, especially G. genetta, having spotted sides and a ringed tail.
  2. the fur of such an animal.

Origin of genet1

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French genette < Arabic jarnait
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British Dictionary definitions for genette

genet1

genette (dʒɪˈnɛt)

noun
  1. any agile catlike viverrine mammal of the genus Genetta, inhabiting wooded regions of Africa and S Europe, having an elongated head, thick spotted or blotched fur, and a very long tail
  2. the fur of such an animal

Word Origin

C15: from Old French genette, from Arabic jarnayt

genet2

noun
  1. an obsolete spelling of jennet

Genet

noun
  1. Jean (ʒɑ̃). 1910–86, French dramatist and novelist; his novels include Notre-Dame des Fleurs (1944) and his plays Les Bonnes (1947) and Le Balcon (1956)
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Word Origin and History for genette

genet

n.

small civet, late 15c., from Old French genete (Modern French genette), from Spanish gineta, from Arabic jarnait.

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