- any of various small to medium-sized, chiefly arboreal cats of the civet family, of southeastern Asia, the East Indies, etc., with a spotted or striped coat and a long curled tail.
Origin of palm civet
First recorded in 1840–50
Also called palm cat.
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There are ten or eleven different kinds of these animals, the commonest of which is the Indian palm-civet.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
- any of various small civet-like arboreal viverrine mammals of the genera Paradoxurus, Hemigalus, etc, of Africa and S and SE Asia
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