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
Word Origin for genet
C15: from Old French genette, from Arabic jarnayt
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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small civet, late 15c., from Old French genete (Modern French genette), from Spanish gineta, from Arabic jarnait.
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