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linsang

[lin-sang]
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noun
  1. any of several civetlike carnivores of the genera Prionodon, of the East Indies, and Poiana, of Africa, having retractile claws and a long tail: some East Indies linsangs are endangered.
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Origin of linsang

First recorded in 1880–85, linsang is from the Javanese word lingsang
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Historical Examples

  • Prionodon or Linsang differs from the last two genera in the loss of an upper molar.

    The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia

    Frank Evers Beddard

  • This is a very curious animal, which, like the panda and the linsang, at first misled naturalists in assigning it a place.


British Dictionary definitions for linsang

linsang

noun
  1. any of several forest-dwelling viverrine mammals, Poiana richardsoni of W Africa or either of the two species of Prionodon of S Asia: closely related to the genets, having a very long tail and a spotted or banded coat of thick fur
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Word Origin

C19: Malay
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