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viverrine

or vi·ver·rid

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

Historical Examples

  • 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

viverrine

adjective
  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)
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noun
  1. any animal belonging to the family Viverridae
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin viverrīnus, from Latin viverra a ferret
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viverrine in Science

viverrine

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