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genet

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or ge·nette

[ jen-it, juh-net ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ɪt, dʒəˈnɛt /
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noun
any small, Old World carnivore of the genus Genetta, especially G. genetta, having spotted sides and a ringed tail.
the fur of such an animal.
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Origin of genet

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1375–1425; late Middle English <Old French genette<Arabic jarnait

Other definitions for genet (2 of 4)

genet2
[ jen-it ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ɪt /

noun

Other definitions for genet (3 of 4)

Genet
[ zhuh-ney; French zhuh-ne ]
/ ʒəˈneɪ; French ʒəˈnɛ /

noun
Jean [zhahn], /ʒɑ̃/, 1910–86, French playwright and novelist.

Other definitions for genet (4 of 4)

Genêt
[ zhuh-ney; French zhuh-ne ]
/ ʒəˈneɪ; French ʒəˈnɛ /

noun
Ed·mond Charles E·douard [ed-mawnsharl ey-dwar], /ɛdˈmɔ̃ ʃarl eɪˈdwar/, "Citizen Genêt", 1763–1834, French minister to the U.S. in 1793.
pen name of Janet Flanner.
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British Dictionary definitions for genet (1 of 3)

genet1

genette (dʒɪˈnɛt)

/ (ˈdʒɛnɪt) /

noun
any agile catlike viverrine mammal of the genus Genetta, inhabiting wooded regions of Africa and S Europe, having an elongated head, thick spotted or blotched fur, and a very long tail
the fur of such an animal

Word Origin for genet

C15: from Old French genette, from Arabic jarnayt

British Dictionary definitions for genet (2 of 3)

genet2
/ (ˈdʒɛnɪt) /

noun
an obsolete spelling of jennet

British Dictionary definitions for genet (3 of 3)

Genet
/ (French ʒənɛ) /

noun
Jean (ʒɑ̃). 1910–86, French dramatist and novelist; his novels include Notre-Dame des Fleurs (1944) and his plays Les Bonnes (1947) and Le Balcon (1956)
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