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civet

[ siv-it ]
/ ˈsɪv ɪt /
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noun
a yellowish, unctuous substance with a strong musklike odor, obtained from a pouch in the genital region of civets and used in perfumery.
any catlike, carnivorous mammal of the subfamily Viverrinae, chiefly of southern Asia and Africa, having a coarse-haired, spotted coat, rounded ears, and a narrow muzzle.
any of various related or similar animals, as the palm civet.
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Origin of civet

1525–35; <Middle French civette<Catalan civetta ≪ Arabic zabād civet perfume; see zibet

OTHER WORDS FROM civet

civ·et·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for civet

civet
/ (ˈsɪvɪt) /

noun
any catlike viverrine mammal of the genus Viverra and related genera, of Africa and S Asia, typically having blotched or spotted fur and secreting a powerfully smelling fluid from anal glands
the yellowish fatty secretion of such an animal, used as a fixative in the manufacture of perfumes
the fur of such an animal
short for palm civet

Word Origin for civet

C16: from Old French civette, from Italian zibetto, from Arabic zabād civet perfume
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