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civet cat

noun
  1. cacomistle.
  2. the fur of the cacomistle.
  3. Western U.S. skunk.
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Origin of civet cat

An Americanism dating back to 1600–10
Also called California mink (for defs 1, 2).
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  • He talks like a parrot, looks like a woman, dresses like a monkey, and smells like a civet-cat.

    Self-control

    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.