[ lin-sang ]
/ ˈlɪn sæŋ /
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
Words nearby linsang
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Example sentences from the Web for linsang
This is a very curious animal, which, like the panda and the linsang, at first misled naturalists in assigning it a place.Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon|Robert A. Sterndale
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
British Dictionary definitions for linsang
/ (ˈlɪnsæŋ) /
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
Word Origin for linsang
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