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[bin-too r-awng, -ong]
  1. an arboreal civet, Arctictis binturong, of Asia, having a long, prehensile tail.
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Origin of binturong

From the Malay word binturung, binturun, benturung
Also called bearcat.
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Historical Examples of binturong

  • Binturong, bin′tū-rong, n. the native name for an Indian prehensile-tailed carnivore, akin to the civet.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • The binturong, or bear-cat, as it is often called, may be recognized at once by the long tufts of black hair upon its ears.

British Dictionary definitions for binturong


  1. an arboreal SE Asian viverrine mammal, Arctictis binturong, closely related to the palm civets but larger and having long shaggy black hair
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Word Origin for binturong

from Malay
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