or vi·ver·rid

[vahy-ver-ahyn, -in, vi-]
  1. of or relating to the Viverridae, a family of small carnivorous mammals including the civets, genets, palm cats, etc.
  1. a viverrine animal.

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. 2018

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  1. 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)
  1. 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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viverrine in Science


[vī-vĕrĭn, -īn′]
  1. Characteristic of or resembling civets or their kin.
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