- a civet, Viverra zibetha, of India, the Malay Peninsula, and other parts of Asia.
Origin of zibet
1585–95; < Medieval Latin zibethum or Italian zibetto < Arabic zabād; see civet
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- a large civet, Viverra zibetha, of S and SE Asia, having tawny fur marked with black spots and stripes
C16: from Medieval Latin zibethum, from Arabic zabād civet