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civet

noun civ·et \ˈsi-vət\

: a wild animal that is like a cat and that has a long body, short legs, and a long tail

: a substance from the body of the civet that has a strong smell and is sometimes used to make perfume

Full Definition of CIVET

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:  any of various Old World carnivorous viverrid mammals with long bodies, short legs, and a usually long tail
2
:  a thick yellowish musky-odored substance found in a sac near the anus of the civet (especially genera Civettictis, Viverra, and Viverricula) and used in perfume
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Origin of CIVET

Middle French civette, from Old Italian zibetto, from Arabic zabād civet perfume
First Known Use: 1532

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

Rhymes with CIVET

Medical Dictionary

civet

noun civ·et \ˈsiv-ət\

Medical Definition of CIVET

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:  a thick yellowish musky-odored substance found in a pouch near the sexual organs of the civet cat and used in perfume
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