[ 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.
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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
Words nearby viverrine
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Example sentences from the Web for viverrine
The general form is Viverrine, and the hallux is sometimes present though small.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
Viverrine, vī-ver′in, adj. pertaining to the Viverrid, one of the four families of the luroidea section of Carnivora.
British Dictionary definitions for viverrine
/ (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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Scientific definitions for viverrine
[ vī-vĕr′ĭn, -īn′ ]
Characteristic of or resembling civets or their kin.
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