zibet

[zib-it]

noun

a civet, Viverra zibetha, of India, the Malay Peninsula, and other parts of Asia.

Origin of zibet

1585–95; < Medieval Latin zibethum or Italian zibetto < Arabic zabād; see civet
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British Dictionary definitions for zibet

zibet

noun

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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