civet cat



the fur of the cacomistle.
Western U.S. skunk.

Origin of civet cat

An Americanism dating back to 1600–10
Also called California mink (for defs 1, 2). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of california mink

  • He talks like a parrot, looks like a woman, dresses like a monkey, and smells like a civet-cat.


    Mary Brunton

  • She told me it had spots like a civet-cat, and this has spots like a civet-cat.'

  • And keeping her teeth still well exposed, Lady Larford glided away, her skirts exhaling an odour of civet-cat as she moved.

  • The large Indian civet-cat is not uncommon, but the spotted tiger-civet, a very beautiful and active creature, is rare.

    The Heart of Nature

    Francis Younghusband

  • Piang caught sight of a civet-cat crouching in a tree on one island.