or vi·ver·rid

[ vahy-ver-ahyn, -in, vi- ]
/ vaɪˈvɛr aɪn, -ɪn, vɪ- /


of or relating to the Viverridae, a family of small carnivorous mammals including the civets, genets, palm cats, etc.


a viverrine animal.

Nearby words

  1. vivax malaria,
  2. vive,
  3. vive le roi,
  4. vivekananda,
  5. viverrid,
  6. vivers,
  7. vives,
  8. vivi-,
  9. vivian,
  10. viviani

Origin of viverrine

1790–1800; < New Latin viverrīnus, equivalent to Viverr(a) a genus name (Latin vīverra the ferret or a similar animal; akin to Lithuanian voverė̃, Old Russian věveritsa, Old English ācwern, Old High German eihhurno squirrel) + -īnus -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for viverrid


/ (vaɪˈvɛraɪn) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Viverridae, a family of small to medium-sized predatory mammals of Eurasia and Africa, including genets, civets and mongooses: order Carnivora (carnivores)


any animal belonging to the family Viverridae

Word Origin for viverrine

C19: from New Latin viverrīnus, from Latin viverra a ferret

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Science definitions for viverrid


[ vī-vĕrĭd ]

Any of various mostly small carnivorous mammals of the family Viverridae, having long, slender bodies with short legs and bushy tails. Viverrids include the civets, mongooses, meerkats, and binturong.


[ vī-vĕrĭn, -īn′ ]

Characteristic of or resembling civets or their kin.
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