viverrine

or vi·ver·rid

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

adjective

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

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for viverrine

viverrine
/ (vaɪˈvɛraɪn) /

adjective

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)

noun

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

viverrine
[ vī-vĕrĭn, -īn′ ]

Characteristic of or resembling civets or their kin.
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