[ zib-it ]
/ ˈzɪb ɪt /
a civet, Viverra zibetha, of India, the Malay Peninsula, and other parts of Asia.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of zibet
1585–95; <Medieval Latin zibethum or Italian zibetto<Arabic zabād;see civet
Words nearby zibet
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British Dictionary definitions for zibet
/ (ˈzɪbɪt) /
a large civet, Viverra zibetha, of S and SE Asia, having tawny fur marked with black spots and stripes
Word Origin for zibet
C16: from Medieval Latin zibethum, from Arabic zabād civet
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