- 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.
Origin of genet1
1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French genette < Arabic jarnait
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- 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
C15: from Old French genette, from Arabic jarnayt
- an obsolete spelling of jennet
- 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)
Word Origin and History for genette
small civet, late 15c., from Old French genete (Modern French genette), from Spanish gineta, from Arabic jarnait.
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